Feminist Foreign Policy – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25.11.22)

Today, 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna spoke at the opening session of an event organized by the Ministry that brings together civil society representatives, experts and prominent figures involved in this issue.

On this occasion, the Minister reiterated France’s unwavering efforts to end all forms of gender-based violence worldwide, whether domestic violence or conflict-related sexual violence, and to combat the range of abuses that exist more generally. She also emphasized our steadfast commitment to ending impunity for the perpetrators. This government has carried out several awareness-raising activities under the auspices of Isabelle Rome, Minister of State for Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, attached to the Prime Minister.

France carries out an ambitious international advocacy campaign on the issue of violence against women, in particular through its support for the universalization of the Istanbul Convention, its political support for the Generation Equality Forum and its determined efforts in the UN Security Council to advance women. , Peace and Security Agenda.

At the Generation Equality Forum held in Paris, which France co-chaired with Mexico in 2021 under the auspices of UN Women, an Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence was established. In line with a promise made by President Macron, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Development Agency (AFD) launched a support fund for feminist organizations to allocate around 120 million euros over three years (2020-2022) to feminist organizations involved in these issues. We also contributed €8.2 million to the Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – Global Survivors Fund (GSF), co-founded by Nobel laureates Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, to be awarded over a three-year period (2020-2022). During his meeting with Mrs. Murad on November 11, the minister announced a new project funded by France to address the needs of victims of sexual violence committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. France protects human rights defenders, notably through its Marianne initiative, whose all-female staff assumed their duties on March 8 in a ceremony at the Elysée.

France will continue to promote a “zero tolerance” policy for violence against women. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will continue to implement the feminist foreign policy launched in 2019 to promote the rights of women and girls and to resolutely combat all forms of gender-based violence. The fight against these forms of violence is a matter of human rights, social justice and equality, and it is an essential prerequisite for lasting peace in all our societies. France is pleased that Moldova, the United Kingdom and Ukraine joined the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, in 2022 and we will continue to mobilize our efforts to obtain its universal ratification. .

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