As a senior policy advisor Esther de Jong works mainly on the Werk.en.de Toekomst (Working Future) project. Esther graduated at Wageningen Agricultural University in irrigation and genderstudies in agriculture. She worked for 3 years in Nepal, where she supported the District Irrigation Office of Kapilvastu in strengthening farmers’ organizations and increasing the participation of female farmers in the Irrigation Management Transfer Project.
Back in the Netherlands, she remained active in gender mainstreaming in the water sector at the Gender and Water Alliance. She has extensive experience in assessing and evaluating water programs, projects and documents from a gender perspective, in developing strategic plans and policies for integrating a gender approach, as well as in organizing and conducting workshops on gender and water in various sectors. This is very useful in giving policy advice to governments and companies, as she currently does at Atria.
At Atria, Esther specializes in topics related to emancipation and the labor market: such as the gender pay gap, part-time work, combination work / care and the underlying cause for many of these issues: gender stereotyping.