Violence against women and girls


Violence against women and girls is still one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. This violation often goes hand in hand with shame, stigma and impunity.


The fight against gender-based violence is a priority for Belgium. Our country strives for a holistic approach, focusing on the prevention of violence, the fight against impunity of perpetrators, access to justice for women and girls, medical, psychological and socio-economic support for victims and their right to reparation.

Within the framework of the Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the General Assembly, Belgium supports initiatives at EU level to tackle violence against women and girls. Belgium supports the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, among other things by participating in the interactive dialogues with this independent expert.

Belgium also supports implementation of the EU guidelines on violence against women and combating all forms of discrimination against women.

Within the framework of the Council of Europe, Belgium is also committed to combating gender-based violence. Belgium has ratified the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, i.e. the Istanbul Convention (14 March 2016) and is committed to the ratification and implementation of the Convention. In order to implement the Convention, Belgium has adopted a National Action Plan to combat all forms of gender-based violence