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8 March 2015

Further action for gender equality

The Government will continue to implement its structuring initiatives in 2015 and 2016 in accordance with four key principles.
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The Government has made gender equality one of the structuring principles of its overall approach. The law of 4 August 2014 on true equality between men and women outlines the framework of an integrated equality policy:
  • Results have already started to emerge. "France has made real progress in terms of international rankings", explains Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights. The rate of employment among women, for example, is on the rise, while women's access to political, economic and social responsibility is also increasing and gender stereotypes are in decline.
  • This policy ensures that the issues associated with equality are taken into account in all areas of public policy, along with measures aimed specifically at the most vulnerable members of society. 

The Government will continue to take action in 2015 and 2016 in accordance with the following four key principles:
  • A public space belonging to everyone, regardless of gender. A series of “exploratory walks” will be trialled in partnership with 12 towns and cities with the aim of giving women the opportunity to make the public space their own and to make suggestions for improving the urban environment. A number of initiatives will also be put in place with the aim of combating harassment on the street and violence against women on public transportation.
  • Professional equality, as an essential component of social justice and economic efficiency: the Regions of excellence in professional equality trial in particular will be developed throughout the country while the Female entrepreneurship plan will be stepped up with the aim of increasing the proportion of female entrepreneurs to 40% by 2017.
  • Eradicating stereotypes and sexism. This is a task with which the French broadcasting authority in particular has been entrusted with the aim of increasing the representation of women in the media. A number of initiatives will be implemented in the field of sport in order to promote women's abilities along with access for women to positions of responsibility.
  • Protecting women who find themselves the victims of violence. "1 woman dies every 3 days as a result of violence; we have to take action", Pascale Boistard, Minister of State for Women’s Rights, declared. Furthermore, the number of places available in shelters for women who find themselves the victims of violence will be increased and training for professionals who have contact with such women will be improved. 

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