Jessika Soors leaves the federal parliament and becomes political director and Dutch-speaking spokeswoman for Ecolo State Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Sarah Schlitz.
“I am not leaving politics, but I am getting into policy,” Soors writes in a communication, in which she acknowledges that “it was not an easy choice.” Soors worked in Vilvoorde as a deradicalisation officer when she drew the Flemish Brabant parliamentary list for Green in 2019 and was elected.
Her new boss, Sarah Schlitz, is also new to national politics. She became Member of Parliament for Ecolo in October 2018, succeeding Muriel Gerkens and was re-elected last year.
Soors points out that the coming years will determine the future of our country. ‘With the rise of the extreme right and the growing anti-politics, the challenges in terms of gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity are very great. My substantive expertise is what got me into politics. Now I seize the opportunity to work on policy precisely around those themes. Sarah and I have already worked together on these issues in parliament. Now we get the chance to actually determine policy, ‘she continues.