Hedy d'Ancona & Leona Detiège

Politicians are getting younger by the day, both in the Netherlands and in Flanders. Many welcome this development as a necessary breath of fresh air. Others regret the loss of top-level political experience.

Luckily for those who are worried about the rejuvenation trend in politics, many previous politicians continue to be actively involved in the causes they often spent decades fighting for. In the series 'Krasse Knarren' - the title is derived from the most celebrated old youngsters in the Netherlands, Kees van Kooten and Wim de Bie - deBuren offers a number of prominent figures the opportunity to have their say. What do the decision-makers of yore think of todays political world? 

On 4th December Hedy d'Ancona and Leona Detiège will discuss feminism and politics in Flanders and the Netherlands past and present.

Hedy d'Ancona was at the birth of the feminist movement in the Netherlands and one of the founders of the monthly magazine Opzij. In the eighties and nineties she was a Labour Party member of the Upper House, Minister of State for Social Affairs and Employment, Minister of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs and a member of the European Parliament. In 2002 she received the Aletta Jacobs Prize for her pioneering work in the field of emancipation.

From 1970 onwards Leona Detiège worked in the cabinets of four successive Ministers of Economic Affairs in Belgium. In 1988 she was appointed State Secretary for Pensions and in 1992 moved to the Flemish Government where she became Minister of Employment and Social Affairs. Leona Detiège was mayoress of Antwerp from 1994 to 2003. Between 1982 and 2000 she was the national chairperson of the SV Socialist Feminist Movement, now known as Zij-Kant.

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