The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

Design for Women’s Rights

Shifting Landscapes & the Progressive Spirit of Tech

The Netherlands attaches great priority to improving human rights conditions worldwide. This includes the position of women and girls, whether it’s about ensuring sexual equality, empowering girls to fulfill their dreams or protecting them in conflict situations. However, with their entrepreneurial spirit, the Dutch are also well known for our innovative and creative abilities to conquer life’s challenges.

So this year, Monday 12 December 4pm,  the Dutch Embassy together with Chayn would like to invite creative minds (students, designers, tech-innovators, changemakers, etc) to celebrate International Human Rights Day at the Netherlands Residence in London.

Several speakers in the field of women’s rights will share their stories and experiences. Those that feel inspired will be offered the opportunity to show their work – in whatever shape or form - at a public launch on International Women’s Day Wednesday 8 March at the Netherlands Embassy, in the presence of representatives from the (fashion) industry, investors and press. Jury chaired by top Dutch fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen!

#Design4Change #HumanRightsDay

Join us asap and Design 4 Women’s Rights

Win an internship at HEMA HQ!

AFSA AKBAR, Chayn & Snook & SAFELIVES on new ground-breaking research on how women experiencing abuse in the UK are using technology.

BONNIE CHUI, Lensational about using photography to empower women in bonded labour

HASEENA LATHEEF, Co-Founder of Dfynorm on ethical fashion, a movement, a revolution.

MARYAM MOHSIN, GirlsNotBrides on ending the harmful practise of child marriage.

MILENA MARIN, Amnesty International on using cutting edge data science to engage people around the world in human rights research.

LAUREN TAPP, Sex Workers Union on the changing landscape of sex work in the internet age.

Main goal of this Dutch initiative - where we build bridges between different fields and sectors – is to raise public awareness of women’s rights, but equally to provide a platform to empower women with innovative technologies that will help them to fulfil their hopes and live their lives to the fullest.


By submitting their designs, students can win an internship at HEMA. HEMA is a Dutch Department Store (est. 1926) with 700 stores in seven countries, with 10,000 employees serving over six million visitors every week. HEMA stands for Design/Quality/Price evolving around sustainability as a key pillar. Your designs will be judged according to these principles; sustainability & women’s rights should be at the heart of your work.

The winning student will be able to fulfil an internship at a design-related department of HEMA HQ in Amsterdam. The internship will be for the duration of approximately 3-6 months and you will be provided with € 400,= monthly internship allowance. The Netherlands Embassy provides a platform, bringing together representatives from different sectors, with the aim of enhancing public awareness on the position of women and girls. The Netherlands Embassy is not responsible in any way for the internship provided by HEMA. Interns themselves hold full responsibility to ensure housing and legal requirements to stay in The Netherlands for the duration of your internship1. Please contact relevant institutions to find out what rules apply with regard to visas and permits (e.g. Nuffic).

All designs need to be digitally submitted to att. #Design4Change no later than FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017. Winners will be announced at the International Women’s Day launch at the Dutch Embassy (38 Hyde Park Gate SW7 5DP London).

Livestream the event on our Facebook page!