#TeamBelgium invests in women

woman sitting down, smiling

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March, the Belgian Development Cooperation organisations – the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, Enabel and the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) – joined forces to honour inspiring and resilient women who have made gender equality their priority.

 

Time to pick up the pace

While the world is facing unprecedented social, environmental and geopolitical crises, it is more than ever important to emphasise that it is crucial to invest in women. To build fair and sustainable economies. To preserve the environment and its threatened ecosystems. To foster peace and build future-proof resilient communities.

However, underfunding of gender equality measures is a major obstacle to achieving gender equality by 2030, with an alarming annual shortfall of USD 360 billion in spending dedicated to this objective. By investing in women, we are investing in stronger, more resilient and prosperous communities.
 

Women take the floor

In Morocco’s oases, the PAGIE project supports the creation and development of women’s cooperatives in the date-growing sector. Women have acquired a key role in the oases of south-east Morocco trough literacy courses, awareness-raising workshops and activities designed to boost the competitiveness of their cooperatives.
Latifa Younous, a project staff member, shared her experience and the positive changes in the role of women that she has witnessed with Enabel’s Managing director Jean Van Wetter.

 
  In Kinshasa, DR Congo, Tisya Mukuna is a leading figure in the coffee industry. She created her own coffee brand, La Kinoise, in 2018. Although the business is doing well today, it has not always been a smooth ride. Despite the many obstacles she faces, she is determined to do everything she can to leave a mark in a sector where men are still largely over-represented. She takes the opportunity to inspire women, wherever they are, to do the same.

The chairwoman of BIO’s Board of Directors, Géraldine Georges, handed the microphone to the queen of Kinshasa coffee so that she could make her ambitions heard… loud and clear.

 
  Feminist organisations play a crucial role in the fight for gender equality and social justice. By supporting them, we strengthen their ability to influence policy, mobilise resources and create lasting change at local and global level.

Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe has been working for over thirty years to promote the socio-economic development of women and gender equality in Rwandan society. The Director-General for Development Cooperation, Heidy Rombouts, met its Deputy Director, Marie Médiatrice Umubyeyi.

 


 

The day has come to an end and with it the celebrations dedicated to women – but there is still much to be done. Let us continue to highlight women’s achievements, while working together on dismantling patriarchal structures. Together, let us commit to defending women’s rights, breaking down stereotypes and promoting a future where every woman and girl can achieve her full potential.

More updates and resources

News

16 July 2024

The European Union needs to stay engaged in fragile contexts

The European Union has a special responsibility for its neighbouring continents and should play a leading role in international cooperation.

Read more

kid jumping on a stage News

08 June 2024

Investing in the future: 2023 – 2024 Activity report

Find out why we have to upcycle international cooperation. Why Enabel is not only a Belgian, but also a European and African agency. Find out about the starting of activities in a new country: Ukraine. About the launch of activities in the green hydrogen sector.

Read more

Man working in a hospital laboratory News

07 June 2024

Modernise, train, care

Health is a key sector in Enabel's cooperation with Burundi, leading to significant improvements in medical infrastructure, digitized health services, staff training, and other essential initiatives over the past decade.

Read more

square in Kyiv, Ukraine News

07 June 2024

Ukraine: new country, new challenges

In December 2023, the Belgian government mandated our organisation to launch a programme in support of reconstruction in Ukraine.

Read more

News

07 June 2024

Growth? Yes, inclusive growth

Growth doesn't always benefit everyone. That's why we aim for 'inclusive growth,' ensuring participation of women, young people and vulnerable groups. This is how.

Read more

sheeps crossing the road, Niger News

07 June 2024

Regardless of Sahel region’s instability, international cooperation remains essential

European and Belgian cooperation with Africa, which is based on a logic of solidarity, must adapt to the new global geopolitical situation.

Read more

Stay informed

Keep up-to-date with our latest activities and international development trends from a Belgian perspective.

Newsletter

"*" indicates required fields