Esther de Jong is Head of Policy Advice. Her interest in gender equality goes back to her study days. During an internship in Bolivia, Esther saw that farm work carried out by women wasn’t recognised as such, which resulted in the exclusion of women’s farms from irrigation. Besides irrigation, she therefore also specialised in women’s studies in agriculture. She has been interested in the topic of women’s emancipation ever since and is committed to promoting more equality between men and women. After working in the international arena for about 15 years, Esther now wants to focus more on the Netherlands.