March 8 - International Women’s Day - Women's rights remain a priority for the Belgian foreign policy
Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated this year to 'Women in a changing professional world: Planet 50-50 by 2030’.
Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders stresses that the promotion and protection of women's rights is a priority for the Belgian foreign policy. For achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG's), Belgium is not only an advocate of objective 5 for gender equality, but also of a permanent attention to gender in all the other objectives.
Our country is currently member of the UN Human Rights Council. Within the voluntary commitments of this membership, the fight against discrimination is a priority, with a special attention to women’s rights. Belgium will thus keep formulating questions and recommendations to third countries during the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which will start in May. Our country is also member of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will start its 61st session next Monday. A Belgian high-level delegation will participate in this session and share experiences on overcoming the wage gap. Belgium also commits itself to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 about Women, Peace and Security and the follow-up resolutions.
The FPS Foreign Affairs will keep working for women and men equality. Recently, the Department has approved a second internal action-plan about gender mainstreaming, covering the 2017-2019 period. Last Friday, Foreign Affairs employees joined in the courtyard of the Egmont Palace for an awareness initiative, to show their support to the implementation of SDG 5 about gender equality. This example was followed in many Belgian diplomatic posts abroad.