The Emigration Commissieloon of the Dutch Women’s Committee, or in Dutch, “Emigratie Commissie van het Nederlandse Vrouwen Comité,” was an organisation dedicated to supporting Dutch women in the emigration process. The committee was active during a time when emigration from the Netherlands to other countries, such as Australia, Canada, and the United States, was a significant phenomenon.
The committee aimed to provide resources, guidance, and assistance to women who were considering or had already decided to emigrate. It recognised the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women in the emigration process and sought to address those issues specifically.
The Emigration Committee likely provided information and support regarding practical matters such as housing, employment, education, healthcare, and social integration in the destination countries. They may have offered guidance on navigating bureaucratic processes, connecting with existing immigrant communities, and adapting to the cultural differences encountered in the new country.
The committee’s publication, “Ons tweede huis: Emigrantenvrouwen schrijven van verre,” which translates to “Our Second Home: Emigrant Women Write from Afar,” suggests that they sought to provide a platform for emigrant women to share their experiences and perspectives. This book may have served as a means to inspire, inform, and support other women considering or going through the emigration process.