“She Decides” in Benin and Senegal


The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo travelled to Benin and Senegal with two Belgian celebrities working with the United Nations on issues related to the rights of women and children: Goedele Liekens, United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador and Axelle Red, Belgium’s UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Their working visit was part of the “She Decides” initiative - led by Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and Sweden - which focuses on improving the rights of young girls and women, especially on sexual and reproductive health. In both countries, they met with authorities and visited several projects related to these issues. De Croo pointed out that the four founding countries launched the “She Decides” initiative last February at an international conference in Brussels in response to the US government’s decision to cut funding for organisations that help women in developing countries. They pledged to mobilise EUR 181 million for initiatives that invest in poor countries to promote female sexual and reproductive rights and health. These four countries have recently decided to broaden the “She Decides” movement to involve other countries and organisations, as well as businesses and individuals.


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