The Hague (EFE) that anyone can use regardless of gender.
The Dutch Parliament Buildings Supervision Committee, made up of seven MPs who help make decisions about large-scale renovations to the building that houses parliamentarians in The Hague, agreed that the renovated facility will have three types of toilets when the renovations are complete. works in progress, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf on Monday.
gender neutral bathrooms
In addition to men’s and women’s toilets, there will be a third gender-neutral facility option, for those who “do not fit within the normative definitions of male or female,” although the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, the central government’s building agency, does not he still knows exactly how many toilets of each type will be in the renovated building.
“Parliament itself will soon determine the exact number, but in any case it will be possible in many service facilities in the building,” a spokesman said.
Progressive MP Lisa van Ginneken (D66), the first openly transgender Dutch MP, has been advocating for gender-neutral toilets since her arrival in Parliament in March 2021.
The Binnenhof, a central area of The Hague home to several government buildings as well as the Parliament and Senate, closed for renovations at the end of 2021 and expectedly until the end of 2026, with officials temporarily relocating to a former ministerial building. from the city.
The Building Supervision Committee also recently decided to lower the section where members of the government sit during parliamentary debates by about 37 centimeters so that ministers, state secretaries and deputies are at the same height during speeches before the Chamber, after of the complaints of some deputies.