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France Promotes Gender Equality

France has set its priorities on promoting equality between men and women in all their assistance projects. France’s Ambassador to Fiji Michel Djokovic said promoting gender equality and combating gender-based
12 Dec 2014 10:18
France Promotes Gender Equality

France has set its priorities on promoting equality between men and women in all their assistance projects.

France’s Ambassador to Fiji Michel Djokovic said promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence were key areas.

A reception at the French Ambassador’s residence in Nasese, Suva, on Wednesday marked the end of 16 Days of Activism on gender- based violence.

“Today we close this orange night and it is also International Day of Human Rights and I think it’s a very meaningful coincidence,” he said.

“France is committed to the implementation and compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, which dates from 1979) and its optional protocol.

“France has been in all the battles in this area.”

Mr Djokovic said France had adopted a new strategy, ‘Gender and Development,’ whereby all their assistance projects would promote equality between men and women.

“In the South Pacific, France substantially supports (up to 20 per cent) the programmes led by the European Union in the field of women’s rights,” Mr Djokovic said.

“It is also important for France, as a South Pacific country, to develop concrete co-operation projects in the region, involving our territories.

“This is why the visit to Fiji of the delegation of the Mission for Women (Mission de la Femme) of the Northern Province of New Caledonia is particularly important.

“I am very happy to underline that Fiji decided to face the issue of violence against women and girls and women empowerment by implementing a very active policy,” he said.

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