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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2012)

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France reaffirms its attachment to the effective implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on “Women, peace and security,” which notably call for states to strengthen the protection of women, the fight against sexual violence in conflict and the participation of women in peace negotiations.

We support the work being carried out by the Secretary-General’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict and reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the fight against impunity. France strengthened its partnership with UN Women in May and is conducting, in collaboration with this entity, programs to combat violence in the Arab world (Algeria, Jordan, Morocco) and sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Chad, Togo, Central African Republic) as well as a program to promote women’s access to justice in Afghanistan.

France also actively participated in drawing up the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, to which it was one of the first signatories in May 2011, and for which the ratification process is under way. It is also putting forward, together with the Netherlands, and within the framework of the 67th UN General Assembly, a resolution aimed at strengthening the protection of women and eliminating all forms of violence.

France is committed to ensuring, in collaboration with UN Women, its European partners and in association with civil society, the success of the next session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2013, which will focus on the elimination and the prevention of all forms of violence against women.

In addition, here a few figures. France’s contribution to UN Women amounts to €200,000 (in 2011 and 2012). €1.5 million over 3 years has been allocated to the multi-year project on combating violence against women in the Arab world and in West Africa. €500,000 has been allocated to the project to promote women’s access to justice in Afghanistan. Lastly, within the framework of the G8’s commitments in Muskoka on maternal and infant health, €5 million over the period 2011-2015 has been allocated to a program to fight maternal mortality.


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