International Day to End Violence Against Women: Emmanuel Macron tackles sexism.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaking at a government-sponsored panel in Paris on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, proposed a raft of measures to combat "horrific and shameful" violence against women, as leaders and activists around the globe spoke out on the issue.
“Under their blows, under their abuse, a woman dies every three days in France,” Mr. Macron said in a speech at the presidential palace, referring to the number of women killed each year by their current or former partners.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C), his wife Brigitte Macron and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrive for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 25, 2017. Photo: Reuters
Of the 225,000 women who were the victims of violence in France last year, less than one in five pressed charges, according to official statistics.
When Macron spoke Saturday in Paris he began with a minute of silence to remember the 123 women killed in 2016 in France by their partner or ex-partner.
“France must no longer be one of those countries where women are afraid”. It is “essential that shame change sides”, he said.
Macron wants to have the minimum age of consent for sex legally set at 15 — there is currently no such law in France.
To help fight against inequality in the workplace, Macron said he would like to look at the issue of hiring discrimination against women and "fight for the non-negotiable equality of both sexes."
France’s first lady Brigitte Macron will be personally involved with an effort to raise awareness of harassment in schools.
France’s Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said the world was at a turning point.
"People can no longer ignore the extent of the violence women are subjected to. They have spoken up and we are responding," she said.