Sonja Eggerickx

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Sonja Eggerickx, 2011.

Sonja Eggerickx (born 1947) is a Belgian secular humanist who was President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a position she held for 9 years until stepping down in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Distinguished Services to Humanism Award 2016 for her ground-breaking work in secular education and ethics.[1]

She studied at the University of Ghent, and worked until her retirement as a Senior Schools Inspector in Moral Education. She became active in the Humanist movement through her work as a teacher of "non-confessional ethics", and was editor of MORES, a humanist magazine for teachers.[2] She is President of the federation of Flemish Humanist organisations in Belgium (Unie Vrijzinnige Vereningingen). She was elected President of the IHEU in April 2006, becoming the organisation's first woman President.[3][4]