MP Fatma Pehlivan: “We want more transparency with regards to the attention of gender in the development cooperation budget. 'Gender' should also be more systematically integrated and measured, for example in the evaluation of development programmes. The Belgian development cooperation also needs to strengthen the expertise on gender amongst its staff, to make sure that embassies and the Belgian development agency are well-equipped to promote gender equality."
Implement the Gender Action Plan
Civil society was invited to a parliamentary hearing late 2017 where it could share it's concerns and suggestions with regards to the attention for gender equality in the sustainable development goals. Different NGOs such as Plan Belgium, 11.11.11. and Sensoa had a clear message for the policy makers: invest in expertise on gender equality, strengthen the gender unit within the administration and Enabel, and implement Belgium's Gender Action Plan.
Continue to address the impact of the Global Gag Rule
In the same resolution the Chamber encourages the government to continue to address the impact of the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule in European and international fora. This policy of the American government negatively affects non-American organisations providing family planning services in the South.