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Follow up of the seminar: "Living as a transgender in Belgium"

January 27th 2010

The Belgian Institute for Equality of Women and Men held a seminar titled ’Living as a transgender in Belgium’ on 20 November 2009 in Brussels.

The Belgian Institute for Equality of Women and Men held a seminar titled ’Living as a transgender in Belgium’ on 20 November 2009 in Brussels.

During the morning session, the results of the study into the social and judicial status of transgender persons in Belgium were presented by the research team. In the afternoon, three workshops on ‘labour market’, ‘health care’ and ‘legal aspects’ took place, focusing on the different aspects of being transgender.

The need to rethink the concept of the law of 10 May 2007 on transsexuality is one of the main priorities highlighted by policy-makers, academics and key players from the field during the closing debate. This would increase the visibility of the transgender community and promote the employment of transgender persons. As the study revealed, unemployment is currently one of the most serious problems affecting the community.

The report “Living as a transgender in Belgium” will be available in English in the Spring 2010.
Further information

Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

The reports on the workshops and on the closing debate are available here. (FR)