The figures are remarkable, as Belgium has shown itself a strong proponent of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Our country was co-leading the ‘She Decides’ movement, that seeks to answer the Mexico City Policy reintroduced by Trump, which pressurised international support for sexual and reproductive rights. Belgium showed itself an ardent advocate of sexual and reproductive rights at the UN and Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, made feminism his trademark.
With the sign-off of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, Belgium engaged itself with the other UN Member-States to, by 2030, realise universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, end the HIV epidemic, increase financial support for health care and target universal health coverage. Belgium is a frontrunner in national HIV prevention and treatment, as well as sexual and reproductive rights. Belgium has a well-performing health system and almost everyone has access health coverage. Sensoa therefore questions why Belgium has failed to translate those strengths in its international cooperation.
The report is available in Dutch and French, and contains a specific section with the most important findings and concrete recommendations for the Belgian development cooperation. The analysis was conducted on the figures provided to Sensoa by DGD late August 2019.