Saraco in action

Saraco engages at all levels to combat discrimination, enhance human rights, apply gender mainstreaming and support decent migration


Inclusiveness is not only a mindset, it is a common practice

Of everyone supported by Saraco, migrants and refugees receive our particular attention. Saraco empowers women, children, persons living with impairments and persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

We support rights-holders to know, claim and enjoy their human rights.

More specifically, Saraco stresses the importance of bodily and genital autonomy,  especially for victims or persons at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM).

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Belgium, 2020

Climate change is not gender neutral

In 2020, Saraco conducted a study for the Belgian Advisory Council on Gender and Development, on how to integrate gender into the Belgian Climate and Energy Plan. Our findings highlighted that adaptation and mitigation measures are not gender neutral.
On the basis of a diagnostic in the sector, Saraco formulated recommendations for the Belgian Ministry of Cooperation. We advised to strengthen the ties with the new generation of rights-holders to include more women in decision-making processes and in particular during high level events, such as the COP26 in Glasgow. We also recommended to support co-creation of solutions in a South-South context and to systematically integrate gender and human rights perspectives into all climate change bilateral interventions financed by Belgium. Additionally, we guided the attention toward the valorisation of local knowledge good practices to respond to climate change; local communities are resilient! We also urged the Belgian Cooperation to consider women’s multiple roles and responsibilities when responding to climate challenges. Last but not least, we highlighted that it is crucial to pay tribute to the diversity of all individuals and consider intersectionality in bilateral and multilateral interventions financed by the Belgian Development Cooperation, to enhance sustainable future-proof solutions.
The study has been presented at the Hybrid Side Event: The Climate-Development-Gender Nexus: lessons learned from the Belgian NECP on the 3rd of November 2021, during the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The study can be found here.

Partners: Conseil consultatif Genre et Développement (CCGD/ARGO), Belgium


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