FRENCH ASSOCIATIONS OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
We are a collective of associations and national platforms brought together on the occasion of the "Beijing+25 process" (25th anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Women’s Rights) and the Generation Equality Forum organised in 2021 by France, Mexico and UN Women.
Our forces are united and at the service of defending and safeguarding the rights of women and girls who are seriously threatened here and elsewhere, in France, in the EU and in the world:
- By the rise of reactionary, anti-democratic forces and religious fundamentalism.
- By the increasing number of crisis periods: major economic crisis, more recently the climate, environmental and health crisis, where women are both the ones saving lives and at the same time seeing their rights regress;
- By the exploitation and commodification of women and girls in prostitution and surrogacy, by the impunity of rape and paedocriminality, whereas prostitution and paedocriminality are the subject of several international conventions aimed at eliminating them;
- By the rise in violence against women and girls, although their denunciations have never been greater. There has been no decrease in feminicides in France, for example. The health crisis has seen an increase in violence against women and children;
-By questioning international conventions when it comes, for example, to the attempts by certain governments in Europe to get out of the Istanbul Convention or when it comes to introducing the notion of "sex work" in order to mask prostitution, which is violence against women.
Founded in July 2020, this collective aims to represent the voices of feminist civil society organisations with a view to constituting an independent proposing force in the dialogue with the French government, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the UN, European and international bodies in general in the context of the Forum Generation Equality process.
We affirm our unity, our solidarity and our determination to work together as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Women’s Rights, a crucial moment for the future of women’s rights.
We are united for real equality between women and men, an overarching value and universal human right, proclaimed and enforced in all areas by global and European treaties
Our MANIFESTO is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y_ydsMFXsUlyZPz0DAfkyvkp79b_3zX68S6AtxWb5R4/edit
To join us, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com indicating the name of your association, an e-mail address, a name, a telephone number (if possible).
We call on all the women’s associations that recognise themselves in the declaration to join us in defending the commitments made in the 12 points of the Platform for Action of the Beijing International Conference.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.