Femmes for Freedom
Femmes for Freedom is a Dutch Foundation, established on 5 December 2011, which advocates for women’s rights and fights against forced marriage, marital captivity, polygamy, honor killing and forced abandonment of women during a family visit overseas. We are dedicated to preventing these crimes, putting them on the political agenda, and (legally) assisting women who are victims of marital captivity.
How are we doing this?
- FFF lobbies for change of legislation and policy in The Netherlands and abroad
- FFF raises awareness and assists both civil society and politics
- FFF provides information for victims of marital captivity, as well as for NGO’s, social workers, health care workers, lawyers, police, and other stakeholders.
- FFF offers victims legal support when they take legal action against their husbands.
- FFF initiated an online reporting tool through which victims of marital captivity can report their situation, be identified and offered legal assistance.
Visit our databank for research- and media articles about marital captivity.
First step to the EU-level
FFF has initiated a broadly supported international movement in which various organizations work together to influence laws and regulations concerning marital captivity, at a European level.
On the 8th of December 2020 Ms Margreet de Boer Dutch MP (GroenLinks) from the Council of Europe presented a motion at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to find a solution for marital captivity. On the 27th of January 2021 she was appointed rapporteur on this topic by PACE. For the upcoming time she will be overseeing the making of a report on marital captivity in Council of Europe member states, which will eventually lead to a PACE resolution.
With the help and support of the ENoMW (EU network), WAVE (European network) IKWRO (UK), Savera (UK), Seyran Ates (Germany), and LOKK (Denmark), we are closer to our objective of fighting marital captivity at a European legislative level and recognizing this form of discrimination and violence against women.