Harassment, threats, insults or violence because of someone’s biological sex, sexual orientation or gender are forbidden by law.
Gender staat zowel voor iemands genderidentiteit als voor zijn/haar gender roles.
- Gender identity means whether a person feels like a woman or a man. It is possible for a person to be born a girl but feel like a boy. A person can also feel that he/she is neither a woman nor a man, or can feel like both.
- Gender roles are society’s expectations about the way a man or a woman should behave.
When a person’s gender or sex becomes a motive for violence by others, it can be recognized as an aggravating circumstance and result in a more serious punishment.
Belgian law forbids any discrimination based on sex or gender. For example:
- discrimination because you are a woman or a man (biological sex). Men and women have equal rights according to the law;
- discrimination based on sexual orientation;
- discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
For example: it is also forbidden to discriminate against a man because he dresses as a woman or to discriminate against a woman because she wants to do a typical man’s job.
More information or help needed?
The Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
Here you can submit complaints about sex or gender identity discrimination.
02 233 41 75
Information on marriage migration, mixed marriages and relationships, and gender
02 220 38 95
Legal help for foreigners and help in case of discrimination
02 209 62 50
Free telephone number for an answer to all questions regarding homosexuality and transgender
0800 99 533