Belgium
Belgium
Population
11,142,157
Region
OECD
Income Group
High income
Female Population
5,675,904
% of Women in the Workforce
62%

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Constitutional rights  
Is there a non-discrimination clause in the constitution? NoBelgian Constitution
The Constitution does guarantee equality before the law without regard to sex, but does not reference gender or sex in conjunction with the term "discrimination." If there is a non-discrimination clause in the constitution, does it explicitly mention gender?
N/ABelgian Constitution
Does the constitution guarantee equality before the law? YesBelgian Constitution, Art. 10
Is customary law recognized as a valid source of law under the constitution? NoBelgian Constitution
If customary law is a valid source of law, is it considered invalid if it violates constitutional provisions on non-discrimination or equality? N/A 
Is personal law recognized as a valid source of law under the constitution? NoBelgian Constitution
If personal law is a valid source of law, is it considered invalid if it violates constitutional provisions on non-discrimination or equality? N/A 
Quotas  
What are the legal quotas for women on corporate boards? 33%La loi du 28 Juillet 2011
What are the legal quotas for women in parliament? N/ANo applicable provisions could be located
What are the legal quotas for women in local government? N/ANo applicable provisions could be located
Rights of married and unmarried women  
Can an unmarried woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man? YesPassport application form
Can a married woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man? YesPassport application form
Can an unmarried woman apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man? YesLoi relative aux registres de la population, aux cartes documents de séjour, Art. 11
Can a married woman apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man? YesLoi relative aux registres de la population, aux cartes documents de séjour, Art. 11
Can an unmarried woman travel outside the country in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman travel outside the country in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman travel outside her home in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman travel outside her home in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman get a job or pursue a trade or profession in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman get a job or pursue a trade or profession in the same way as a man? YesCivil Code, Art. 216
Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? YesCode Civil, Art. 214
Can an unmarried woman confer citizenship to her children in the same way as a man? YesCode de la Nationalité Belge, Art. 8
Can a married woman confer citizenship to her children in the same way as a man? YesCode de la Nationalité Belge, Art. 8
Can an unmarried woman be "head of household" or "head of family" in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman be "head of household" or "head of family" in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Division of responsibility within marriage  
Can a married woman convey citizenship to her non-national spouse in the same way as a man? YesCode de la Nationalité Belge, Art. 16
Are married women required by law to obey their husbands? NoNo applicable provisions could be located
Do married couples jointly share legal responsibility for financially maintaining the family's expenses? YesCode Civil, Art. 217