Khadija Arib

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Khadija Arib
Khadija Arib 2015.jpg
Khadija Arib in 2015
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
13 January 2016 (2016-01-13)
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
1 March 2007 (2007-03-01)
In office
19 May 1998 – 30 November 2006
Personal details
Born Khadija Arib
(1960-10-10) 10 October 1960 (age 56)
Hedami, Morocco
Nationality Dutch, Moroccan
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Nordine Dahhan
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater University of Amsterdam (M.Sc., Sociology)
Occupation Politician, civil servant, educator, social worker
Religion Muslim
Website (Dutch) Labour Party website

Khadija Arib (Arabic: خديجة عريب‎‎; born 10 October 1960) is a Moroccan-Dutch politician of the Labour Party. She has been Member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands since 2007 and its Speaker since 2016.

Early life[edit]

Khadija Arib was born on 10 October 1960 in Hedami near Casablanca in Morocco.[1] She came to the Netherlands when she was 15 years old.

Arib studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam.[2]

Before her political career, she was a civil servant, educator and social worker.


Arib is a member of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA) and has been a Member of Parliament from 19 May 1998 to 29 November 2006 and since 1 March 2007.

As an MP, she focussed on matters of racism, discrimination control, women's abuse, domestic violence and youth care. While in the House of Representatives, she has been fiercely criticised (mainly by members of the far-right Party for Freedom) for her dual citizenship and for her part in an advisory committee to the King of Morocco.[3] In 2012, she made an unsuccessful attempt to become Speaker and became First Deputy Speaker instead. She was elected Speaker in an interim election on 13 January 2016, defeating three other candidates.[4]

During her career, Khadija Arib has been a fore-fighter for women's rights and the empowerment of women with a migrant background in the Netherlands;[5] she was a founding member and president of the Moroccan Women in the Netherlands Foundation. In 1989, she was held prisoner in Morocco with her 3 children, after publicly addressing issues concerning the position of women in Moroccan society. After intervention by the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs, she was allowed to return to the Netherlands.[6]


  • 1992: Marokkaanse vrouwen in Nederland (Moroccan women in the Netherlands) with Essa Reijmers and Mieke Goudt
  • 2009: Couscous op zondag (Couscous on Sundays)
  • 2011: Allah heeft ons zo gemaakt (Allah made us like this)


  1. ^ Drs. K. (Khadija) Arib (in Dutch), Parlment & Politiek. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ 'Sociologie zit in mijn genen' (in Dutch), University of Amsterdam. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ Olgun, Ahmet (3 March 2007). "Arib klaagt over dubbele standaard" [Arib complains about double standard]. NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Khadija Arib elected Speaker of the House". House of Representatives. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Roudaby, Youssef (14 January 2016). "Qui est Khadija Arib, la Marocaine nommée à la tête de la Chambre basse du parlement néerlandais?" [Who is Khadija Arib, Morrocan, appointed head of the lower house of the Dutch Parliament?]. The Huffington Post Marocco (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Blok, Simon; Houppermans, Olivier; Lange, Yasha (28 April 2010). "De partij, dat zijn zij" [The party, that is them]. De Groene Amsterdammer (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 January 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anouchka van Miltenburg
Speaker of the House of Representatives