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Femke Halsema (Haarlem, 25 april 1966) is een voormalige Nederlandse politica. Van 2002 tot en met 2010 was zij politiek leider van GroenLinks. Momenteel is zij voorzitter van de Stichting Vluchteling en de Raad van Advies van de ASN Bank.

 

Privéleven

Halsema werd geboren in een sociaaldemocratische familie. Haar moeder was lange tijd wethouder sociale zaken en werkgelegenheid voor de Partij van de Arbeid in Enschede.

 

Femke Halsema woont in Amsterdam samen met haar twee kinderen en haar vriend, tv- en documentairemaker Robert Oey, die de film De Leugen maakte waaraan Halsema (deels zingend) meewerkte. 

 

Politiek leven

In 1998 kandideerde ze zich nadat ze gevraagd was door toenmalig GroenLinks-leider Paul Rosenmöller voor de lijst van GroenLinks voor de verkiezingen van dat jaar. Ze werd de derde kandidaat op de lijst. Het zetelaantal van de partij steeg van 5 naar 11. In haar eerste periode in de Kamer was Halsema woordvoerder op het gebied van justitie. Ze kreeg bekendheid door haar inzet voor asielzoekers en haar oppositie tegen de nieuwe migratiewet van Job Cohen.

 

Bij de verkiezingen van 2002 was Halsema weer derde kandidaat. De partij verloor een zetel. Halsema was lijsttrekker van haar partij tijdens de verkiezingen van 2003. Tussen oktober 2003 en januari 2004 was Halsema met zwangerschapsverlof: ze kreeg een tweeling.

 

Vanaf februari 2011 bekleedde Halsema kortstondig de Leonardoleerstoel van de Tilburg University. Zij gaf in het tweede semester aan de Tilburg School of Humanities aan studenten de masterclass ‘Politiek in de 21ste eeuw’. Als afsluiting hield zij op 26 mei 2011 de openbare Leonardolezing. Op 28 juni 2011 werd Halsema voorzitter van de raad van commissarissen van WPG Uitgevers. Op 20 november 2011 werd bekend dat Halsema per 1 januari 2012 aantrad als de nieuwe voorzitter van de Stichting Vluchteling. Op 18 juni 2012 werd zij tevens benoemd tot voorzitter van de raad van advies van de ASN Bank waar zij Saskia Noorman-den Uyl verving die deze functie bekleedde sinds 2008.

 

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Femke Halsema (born April 25, 1966) is a former Dutch politician. She was a member of the House of Representatives from 1998 till 2011. She was also the leader of the GreenLeft parliamentary party in the House of Representatives from 2002 till 2010.

 

Personal

Femke Halsema lives in Amsterdam with her two children, twins Suzy and Bruno, and her partner, the documentary filmmaker Robert Oey.

 

Political career

In 1998 she became a GroenLinks candidate for the House of Representatives. As number three on the list she was the highest new candidate and practically guaranteed a seat in the House. In the elections, GroenLinks more than doubled its number of seats to eleven. During her first term in parliament, Halsema was spokesperson on justice. She received some attention when she criticized the new migration law proposed by Job Cohen.

 

In the 2002 elections, Halsema remained third on the party list, with the party losing one seat. During her second term in parliament, Halsema became vice-chairman of the GreenLeft parliamentary party. In July 2002 she became the party's spokesperson for the important first debate with the new Balkenende Cabinet. In November Paul Rosenmöller unexpectedly left politics. Halsema became the new political leader of GreenLeft. As party leader, Halsema took on a more prominent role in parliament. She has promoted several legislative initiatives: one of these initiatives made judicial review of laws possible, the second initiative, which she promoted with D66 leader Boris Dittrich, proposed a price fixation on books.

 

Halsema led the party in the 2003 elections, in which the party lost two seats. She remained the parliamentary party's chair and was also spokesperson for culture and media. Between October 2003 and January 2004, Halsema left the House of Representatives to give birth to twins. She was replaced temporarily by Marijke Vos.

 

After her return to parliament Halsema started an ideological discussion within the party. She claimed that GreenLeft was "the last left liberal party in the Netherlands" breaking with the socialist roots of the party. She also started to call for closer cooperation between the three left-wing parties in parliament, the SP, the PvdA and GreenLeft. She asked PvdA-leader Wouter Bos to speak out in favour of a left-wing government after the elections in 2006. He refused to do so, not wanting to alienate the Christian-democrat CDA.

 

On 6 January 2006, she was surprisingly proclaimed "Liberal of the year" by JOVD, the youth organization of the conservative liberal VVD party, because of her new liberal course, and specifically her new view on the welfare state.

 

On 3 July 2006 the nomination for the party leadership closed with Halsema as the only candidate, reaffirming her leading position in the 2006 Dutch general election. She chairs the GreenLeft parliamentary party during the current term of the House of Representatives.

 

On 17 December 2010 she announced her immediate departure from politics on Twitter. She left the House on January 11, 2011.

 

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July 9, 2010

updated: 2013-05-22

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