March 8 is International Women's Day. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy Meryame Kitir emphasize that the promotion and protection of women's rights is and will remain a priority of Belgium's foreign policy and development cooperation.
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08 MarMinisters Wilmès and Kitir reaffirm Belgium’s commitment to gender equality and the rights of women and girlsPress release
25 NovPress release
November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence" campaign.
06 MarPress release
March 8 marks International Women's Rights Day. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, assures that Belgium continues to be actively involved worldwide for the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls. On Friday, March 6, Minister Goffin reaffirmed this commitment by organising an event at the Egmont Palace entitled "The Ambassadors of Belgian Diversity", which highlights the importance of women's rights and diversity to a diverse audience of representatives from government, parliament, civil society, the private sector and some 50 ambassadors accredited in Brussels.
28 JunPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo met with , the sister of the Saudi human rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul. She was detained in May 2018 because of her activism for women rights in Saudi Arabia. It is thanks to women such as Loujain that women are entitled to drive today in Saudi Arabia. She pays however a hefty price for her activism and risks a prison sentence
13 DecPress release
More than 780 million euros additional financial support for women's rights. This is the provisional result of the international #SheIsEqual campaign launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. This is well in excess of the 500 million target that the minister put forward at the launch of the campaign.
13 JulBeyoncé, Chris Martin, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran headliners at the grand #SheIsEqual closing concert in JohannesburgPress release
Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and a series of other international and African artists will join the international # SheIsEqual campaign on December 2 at a grand final concert in Johannesburg. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, who initiated #SheIsEqual and launched the campaign in June in Brussels, is ambitious. “This will be the largest ever campaign to support women’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
05 JunPress release
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has launched, in partnership with Global Citizen, the international campaign #SheIsEqual. Their goal is to raise more than 500 million euros by the end of the year for gender equality, women's empowerment and women’s health. The Global Citizen campaign is supported by the governments of Belgium and Luxemburg, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Procter & Gamble.
27 MayPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo ran the Brussels 20km today. He led a team of more than 100 #HeForShe runners. The team was brought together by the United Nations to raise more awareness about gender equality and the role men can play in it.
20 AprPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo asked the World Bank to focus more on the inclusion of women in the financial system. He was speaking at a debate attended by World Bank President Jim Kim and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Minister De Croo takes part until Sunday at the yearly Spring Meetings of the World Bank, in Washington DC.
11 JulJoint statement by Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands at the Family Planning Summit in LondonStatement
Joint statement by Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands at the Family Planning Summit in London.