Country / Region profile of: Belgium

Women in Belgium enjoy legal standards that guarantee equality between men and women. However, women within Belgium's growing immigrant population face greater discrimination. Belgium has not been involved in any significant conflicts recently, but global conflicts have resulted in greater immigration to Belgium. Belgium ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985. Currently, Belgium is ranked as 31 of the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) as of 2017. Belgium ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 3 June 2014. Belgium launched its third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in 2017 for the period 2017 until 2021. Civil society and government agencies are working towards having the laws and protections in Belgium become a reality for all women in Belgium. 

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$ 4,448,700,000
Military expenditure
Belgium spends USD$ 4,448,700,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender equality in UN peacekeeping
This amount could cover more than half of the UN's entire peacekeeping budget, strengthening support for women peacekeepers, for a year.
NAP 1325
The Belgium NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Belgium actively supports the participation of women in the DRC. It contributes to the implementation of the USD$2,216,999.98 UN Women project there, which supports the rights and participation of Congolese women under the framework of UNSCR 1325.