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“Roelof is one of the strongest political voices on behalf of the most marginalized children in the world. He fought child labour through his law. His energy and passion are incredible.”

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

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“Roelof is a tireless advocate for children’s rights. He is a tough negotiator who won’t let go, because he is fighting for the good cause. I highly appreciate the passion with which he works.”

Lilianne Ploumen, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation 

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“Roelof is a very dedicated, direct and honest person. I admire his consistency and intelligence. There is nobody who can think as fast as Roelof. We share the willpower to fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children and to continue to search for new and different approaches. Without Roelof there would not have been a Free a Girl and I am happy to know him and still learn from him.”

Evelien Hölsken, co-founder of Free a Girl

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“I have come to know Roelof as a dedicated professional in the field of Childrens’ Rights. He has an in-depth understanding of the issues at hand, and has the required political and management experience to make an impact.”

Yannick du Pont, director of Spark

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“As a Member of the Dutch Parliament, Roelof was a very constructive and ambitious companion in accomplishing fair and righteous policies by also taking into account the interests of the people in the poorest and most fragile countries in the world.

Roelof proved to be a fast thinker with an enormous feeling for justice. As spokesman on the issue of development cooperation, he carried out his work with passion and endless energy. He demonstrated to have plenty of creativity in finding solutions, showed to be extremely committed and always focussed, all in his characteristic manner. It has been a pleasure to cooperate with Roelof!”

Linde-Kee van Stokkum, Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) 

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“Roelof is an inspirational leader and politician, working tirelessly on improving children’s rights all around the globe. During his time in Parliament he has achieved remarkable succes in channeling millions of euros to the world’s most marginalized children, most notably in the area of malnutrition, child labour and SRHR. As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS and SRHR he also succeeded in keeping the struggle against HIV/AIDS and child marriage high on the political agenda.”

Pim Kraan, CEO Save the Children Netherlands

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“Roelof has been a true child rights champion in Dutch Parliament. He has successfully put a ‘best interest of the child’ determination central in all policy areas he was involved in, from development cooperation and corporate social responsibility to children in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. His bill of law on compulsory child labour due diligence for companies, which passed the house of representatives in parliament early 2017, is groundbreaking and an important measure to help combat child labour globally.”

Mark Wijne, child rights expert UNICEF Netherlands

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