When it comes to women in politics, the lack of structural data processing is a major shortcoming. In order to adequately research how widespread this underrepresentation is and increase awareness about the issue, it’s vital to know how many women are currently politically active, which political parties are doing well in terms of equality, which geographical areas need the most work, and which municipalities are leading by example.

The lack of data about women in the Dutch political landscape also makes it difficult to monitor any progress or decline. Right now, this data isn’t structurally processed, which leads to a series of incomplete snapshots. Because it’s only collected once every political term, any mutations later on aren’t counted or researched. Just like academics and the media, we have no choice but to use outdated information. That lack of data prohibits proper research, reporting, and any solutions either might provide.

Stem op een Vrouw aims to be the go-to data platform about women in politics. In March of 2018, we collected the most recent statistics about women in municipal politics. We also researched the lists of candidates for the municipal redivisions that followed in November of the same year.

In 2019, we started working with Open State Foundation. We will also look into joining forces with organizations like ProDemos and Atria, in order to cover any blind spots regarding data that isn’t being structurally processed as of yet. That way, we contribute to reliable, up-to-date and publicly accessible information about the number of women in politics.