Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Female Belgium Local Leaders
In Belgium women were granted the right to be elected in 1918 but did not get the right to vote until 1945. In 1920 there were 4 female mayors and about 75 female members of local councils. 

In 1970 three Cultural Communities was established. In 1971 the Cultural Community of the French Community and the Dutch Community got autonomy. In 1973 the German Community got the same status. In 1974 the communities got ministerial committees. In 1980 three regions were established and since 1993 Belgium has been a federal state. The four areas are divided into several provinces run by a governor

Also see Belgium Ministers

Governors

1995-2005 Hilde Houben-Bertrand, Limburg

1998   Raymonde Dury, Administrative Arrondissement of Bruxelles-Capital

1998-2009 Véronique Paulus de Châtelet, Administrative Arrondissement of Bruxelles-Capital

2005- Deputy Governor Valérie Flohimont, Vlaams-Brabant

2007-14 Marie-Josée Laloy, Walloon Brabant
A francophone socialist PS (b. 1950-).

2008- Cathy Berx, Antwerpen

 

Premiers and Vice-Premiers

1974-81 Chairperson of Ministerial Committee in charge of Flemish Affairs Rika De Backer-Van Ocken, Flemish Community
She lived (1923-2002).

1981-83 Chief of the Government Cecile Goor-Eyben, Bruxelles
Former Federal Secretary of State.

1992-95 Vice-Minister President Wivina Demeester De Meyer, Flanders
Former Federal Minister and
1991-99 various portfolios in Flanders and Minister of Well-Being and Equality

1994-99 Premier Ministre Laurette Laurette Onkelinx, French Community
Later Federal Vice-Premier.

2004-08 Premier Ministre Marie Arena, French Community
Minister of the Employment and Professional Training in Walonia 2000-03 for the Francophone Socialist Party. 2003-04 Minister for the Public Services, Social Integration and Urban Development, charged with Equality and Intercultural Dialouge and
Minister of Pensions and Integration 2008-09. She is of Italian origin.(b. 1966-).

2004-07 Vice-Minister-President Fientje Moorman, Flanders
Also Regional
Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade. She was Federal Minister of Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade and Scientific Politics 2003-04.

2004-09 Vice-President of the Government Marie-Dominique Simonet, French Community
Minister of International Relations, New Technologies, Research and Higher Education in both the French Community and the Regional Government of Wallonia and Minister of Education in Wallonia from 2009.

2009-14 Vice-Minister President Ingrid Lieten, Flanders
Also Regional  Minister of Scientific Research, State Entreprises, Media and Poverty Affairs. (b. 1964-).

2014- Deputy Minister-President Hilde Crevits, Flanders
Also Minister of Education and Flemish minister in different portfolios since 2007. (b. 1967-).

2014- Deputy Minister-President Annemie Turtelboom, Flanders
Former federal minister and appoointed Flemish Minister Finance, Taxation and Energy in 2014

2014- Deputy Minister-President Liesbeth Homans, Flanders
Also Minister of Interior, Housing, Cities and Social Affairs

2014-15 Vice-Premier Joëlle Milquet, French Commuity
Also Minister of Compulsory Education, Small Children, Day Care Facilities and Culture. Former Federal Vice-Premier and Minister of Interior.

2016- Vice-Premier Alda Greoli, French Community
Also Minister of Culture, Small Children and Permanent Education


Presidents of Parliaments

1981-84 President of the Parlement de la Communauté Française Irene Pétry (French Community)
Former Federal Secretary of State.

1988-92 President of the Parlement de la Communauté Française Antoniette Spaak (French Community)
Former Federal Secretary of State.

1992-99 President of Parlement de la Communauté Française Anne-Marie Corbisier-Hagon (French Community)
Third Vice-President of the Parlement de la Communauté Française de Belgique 2004-09.

1999-2004 President of the Conseil de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Parlement Magda De Galan (Council of the Region of Brussels-Capital)
Former Federal Minister and Minister in the French Community

1999-2003 President of the Présidente de l’Assemblée de la Commission communautaire française Martine Payfa (Within the Parliament of Brussels)

1999-2004 4th Vice-President of the Rat der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Dorothea Schwall (German Community)
She was the first woman to hold elective office in administration of the German Community.

2001-04 President of the Parlement de la Communauté Française Wallonie-Bruxelles Françoise Schepmans (French Community, Wallonia-Brussels)
First Vice-President of
the Parlement de la Communauté Française de Belgique 2004-09.
(b.1960).

2004-09
President of the Parlement de la Communauté Française Isabelle Simonis (French Community)
Minister of Youth and Equal Rights in the French Community from 2014.

2006-09 President of Vlaams Parlement Marleen Vanderpoorten
Regional M
inister of Education 1999-2004

2009-14 President of the Parlament Wallon Emily Hoyos

2009- President of the Conseil de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Parlement Françoise Dupuis
President of the Provincial Council of Brabant 1991-94, Secretary of the Community Parliament 1995-99, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the French Community 2000-04 and Secretary of State of Housing in Bruxelles 2004-09.

2009-11 and 2013- Chairperson of the Council of the Flemish Community Commission within the Parliament of Brussels Carla Dejonghe
(Voorzitter van de raad van de Vlaamse gemeenschapscommissie)



Parliaments in Provinces

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1991-94 President of the Provincial Council
 Françoise Dupuis, Province of Brabant
S
ecretary of the Community Parliament 1995-99, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the French Community 2000-04 and Secretary of State of Housing in Bruxelles 2004-09 and President of the Parliament of Brussels from 2009.

2000-12 (?) President of the Provincial Council Marcelle Charlier-Guillaume, Province de Luxembourg belge

2000-04 President of the Provincial Council Maryse Declercq-Robert, Province de Namur
From 2004 Member of the Permanent Deputation - the Provincial Government.

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2012- Chairperson of the Provincial Council Eliane Spincemaille, West-Vlaanderen

2013- Chairperson of the Provincial Council An Hermans, Vlaams-Brabant

2013- Chairperson of the Provincial Council
Dominique De Troyer, Brabant Wallon

 

Last update 21.01.17