Catherine Vuylsteke is a sinologist, journalist and writer.

She worked for 25 years as foreign editor for De Morgen and has been freelancing for Knack, De Standaard and Klara since 2014. Previously, her People's Republic of Desire (2007), Among Men, the silenced lives of Moroccan homosexuals (2008), The Weight of Heavenly Peace, freedom and resistance since Tiananmen (2009), Facing Brussels (2010), Formerly Another Country (2011) and Viet Bleu (2015) appeared.  She also made the documentaries Silent Stories (2011) and The art of becoming (2013) with Hanne Phlypo.


Catherine Vuylsteke

Supported projects

Draw for change!

BRUSSELS - Journalist and writer Catherine Vuylsteke chronicled the life stories of Mar Maremoto, Ann Telnaes, Rachita Taneja, Doaa El-Adl, Victoria Lomasko and Amany Al-Ali, six women cartoonists from Mexico, the U.S., India, Egypt, Russia and Syria to whom the documentary series Draw for Change, recently awarded at Cannes, is dedicated. They come from very diverse worlds and belong to different generations: the oldest was born when John F. Kennedy won the election, the youngest saw the light of day nearly 35 years later.

Broken wings

  • Equality
  • Youth
  • Migration

BELGIUM/SENEGAL - In 2012, 19-year-old Mamadou was one of the 5742 men, women and children expelled from Belgium. They ended up in the oblivion of public opinion. No news, good news. And if we may believe the responsible Secretary of State for migration Maggie De Block, the Belgian return policy is a huge success.

The art of becoming

  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • Armed conflict
  • Youth
  • Equality

Stories in the media on Scott Manyo or the dutch boy Mauro brought the issue of unaccompanied minors to the attention of the general public. But the boys and girls that end up here all alone, are rarely more than figures in one or the other report.

The past is a foreign country

  • Equality
  • Youth
  • Migration

BELGIUM - Eight underage asylum seekers were followed by Catherine Vuylsteke for one year. The Nadaar collective and three guest photographers each portrayed one of the youngsters.

Silent Stories

  • Equality

In Silent Stories Hanne Phlypo and Catherine Vuysteke follow two men and two women from Algeria, Senegal, Iraq and Guinea whose sexual orientation forced them to leave their country - wether they were bisexual, homosexual, lesbian or transsexual. Three of them are rebuilding their lives in Belgium, for the fourth, the Iraq transsexual Sarah, long years of waiting have finally resulted in political asylum and the prospect of a gender operation.