demonstrations in “wave for equality” in several cities in France

Several thousand people marched in Paris on Tuesday, March 8, against gender-based violence and for equal pay, on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day. Parades were also planned in many other cities in France, at the request of some sixty associations and political parties.

Behind a main banner showing a . announces “feminist wave for equality”protesters, mostly women, held up placards that read: “neither women nor the earth are territories of conquest”Where “Angry Feminist, I Won’t Let Go”

Cécile Bouanchaud, journalist at World, is in the procession in Paris:

In this “feminist strike”the claims are tinged with criticism of the outgoing government’s policies: in the eyes of activists, Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term represents “five years wasted” in the fight against gender inequality.

“We are well aware that there is still a lot to do” on equality between women and men, agreed with Prime Minister Jean Castex on the eve of the demonstrations. However, according to him “we have made progress as the subject, which has long been under the carpet, is now being brought to the public square”he continued, visiting feminist activists who have just toured France aboard an “equality train.”

In Paris, three left-wing presidential candidates announced that they would attend the demonstration: the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the communist Fabien Roussel and the socialist Anne Hidalgo. All three want to restore a full-fledged ministry of women’s rights, supplemented with a billion euros for the fight against violence against women. A delegation from La France insoumise will also take part in the procession, led by Member of Parliament Clémentine Autain.

To symbolically illustrate the persistent inequalities, feminist collectives are calling on women to go on strike at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the time they “work for free” every day. Women earn on average 22.3% less than men in the private sector (excluding agriculture), according to data published by Urssaf on Tuesday. A third of this gap can be explained by the fact that their total working time is lower as a result of part-time work or short-term contracts: women thus represent 57.4% of short-term fixed-term contracts, but 42.5% of CDI hires.

And pregnant workers or workers returning from maternity leave are still too often victims of discrimination in the workplace, the Defender of Rights worried. “legal guide” to remind women that the law protects them and that they should not stop complaining for fear of losing their job.

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Failures in law enforcement

The activists also plan to “failures” law enforcement agencies in the care of victims of violence. For example, during the Paris demonstration on Tuesday, several hundred protesters planned a “die in” in front of the Père-Lachaise cemetery, to return “female” (and no tribute) to the victims of feminicide.

All of these grievances have been incorporated into the proposed measures that associations send to presidential candidates. Various organisations, including the Women’s Foundation and Oxfam, presented a “emergency pact” of ten measures they hope to see implemented from the start of the next five-year period, including one “Grenelle of equal pay”

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At work, in relationships or at home, sexism remains entrenched in the everyday lives of the French, despite their growing desire to fight it, the Supreme Council for the Equality of Women and Men said in a report published Monday. Six in ten French women say they have been victims of sexist acts or remarks on the street and in transport, 46% of the women surveyed have experienced sexist acts at work and 43% have been victims of it at home “alarming numbers” of this barometer.

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The world with AFP