Woman with microphone speaking in audience
7 June 2019

Major global consultation of feminists in 2020

France has launched an extensive multilingual and global consultation in preparation for the major Beijing+25 World Conference on Women, which will be held in Paris next year.
On the occasion of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Gender Equality chaired by France, the President of the Republic expressed his wish to hold the major Beijing+25 World Conference on Women in Paris, under the auspices of the UN. France thus has the important responsibility of hosting this event, which will take place in July 2020 following a launch in Mexico, a partner country.

To ensure that this global event reflects the aspirations and commitments of feminist civil society, on 7 June 2019 in New York, Minister of State Marlène Schiappa, in partnership with UN Women and in the presence of its Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér, and the Mexico Mission to the UN, launched the major global consultation of feminist organisations.

At https://story.tl/askfeminists_fr in French, English[1] and Spanish[2], feminists from all over the world are invited to give their opinions, so that organisers can build an ambitious and resolute programme which reflects their vision.

This consultation has been launched within the framework of a round of feminist diplomacy in America: Minister Marlène Schiappa travelled to Mexico City to meet with her elected representative counterparts and participate in the Women’s Conference, then on to Vancouver to participate in Women Deliver alongside civil society and to work with her counterparts from the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Gender Equality, which was held in Paris and Bondy in May.

France’s feminist diplomacy, which has been spearheaded for the past year by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Marlène Schiappa, has found new concrete expression through the organisation of the World Conference on Women under the auspices of the UN, a key event for gender equality, and through this first global consultation of feminists, who, every day across the world, are on the frontline working to defend women, sometimes risking their own peace, freedom or lives in doing so.

This is in keeping with France’s commitment to making gender equality a global worthy cause, as stated by Emmanuel Macron during the United Nations General Assembly, and as pledged by the G7 countries in Paris last May in their joint final declaration under France’s presidency.

[1] https://story.tl/askfeminists_eng
[2] https://story.tl/askfeminists_sp

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