Fatimazhra Belhirch

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Fatimazhra Belhirch, a Dutch Senator, embodies a resolute commitment to building a more humane and equitable society on both national and international fronts. With an extensive portfolio that encompasses foreign affairs, defense, international cooperation and trade, labor law & markets, and digital affairs. She stands at the forefront of driving progressive change and with moral leadership as her compass.

 Her professional odyssey began as a lawyer and human rights defender. She worked in various countries among which UK, Kosovo, Egypt and Yemen. Embarking on a diplomatic career that spanned 14 years, Fatimazhra assumed pivotal roles in various capacities, particularly focusing on political affairs, international peace and security, human rights, and international cooperation. Her keen intellect and diplomatic finesse were recognized when she ascended to the role of Chief of Staff to the Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation. In various positions she was the first woman to pave the way for other woman. Also she dedicated more than 20 years for women’s right and strives to support more women into politics, because representation matters. Moral leadership is her compass.

In a bold career pivot, Fatimazhra chose to re-engage with society in a more direct and impactful manner. As the CEO of the Foundation for Student Refugees (UAF), a Dutch organization dedicated to supporting refugees and defending their human rights, she brought her wealth of experience to the forefront. To give back to society is shares her experience and knowledge as a boardmember in various boards.

Fatimazhra’s passion for forging connections and fostering understanding between nations is further underscored by her membership in the First Standing Committee on Peace and International Security of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Her tireless advocacy for human rights, coupled with a keen understanding of the intricacies of global affairs, positions her as a formidable voice in the pursuit of a just and inclusive world. In the hallowed halls of the Dutch Senate, Fatimazhra Belhirch champions.