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‘Success integration project exaggerated’

9 January 2006 - In a ‘jubilant press release’, the municipality announced that an integration course for women is an unexpected success, with almost six thousand women applying. However, this figure is a result of administrative manipulation, says council member Jos de Wit (VVD). He has asked the city administration for a clarification.

The national government has made 12 million euro available to offer free integration courses to women who hardly participate in society. “However, this intended target group: the invisible, unemancipated, repressed group of immigrant women, who long for empowerment behind the front door, did not turn up”, the VVD says.

In order to recruit participants, the municipality approached women who were already participating in integration courses, according to the VVD. “In a period of four weeks, almost all groups were visited, class after class. Participants were informed of this new opportunity”.

Women would have responded in large numbers: “It was an offer they could not refuse, for, apart from the source of the funding, everything remained the same. The women stay in the same buildings, the classes are offered by the same institute and the same teacher”.

The money for the courses was made available at the initiative of the Ethnic Minority Women Participation Committee, of which Princess Máxima (photo) was a member.

Photo: Government Information Service (RVD)


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