Presentation of the assessment “Gender and development” to Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development (10 January 2013)
On 10 January 2013, Pascal Canfin received the recommendations of the French strategy assessment “Gender and development”, made by Mme Danielle Bousquet, Chair of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men, and Christine Lazerges, Chair of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights.
M. Canfin welcomed the excellent recommendations and said they will enable gender to be better taken into account in French development policies. In an international context in which universal rights and sexual and reproductive rights are being called into question, the Minister Delegate recalled the government’s determination to work for women’s rights and for the worldwide promotion of equality between women and men.
M. Canfin launched the consultation that will enable France’s gender and development strategy to be updated. The consultation, due to be completed in the coming months, will be carried out in liaison with representatives of civil society, of the French Development Agency and of France Expertise Internationale [government cooperation and development agency].
The priorities of the new strategy will include equal access for women and men to development aid policies, and the fight against gender discrimination. Special attention will also be paid to girls, who are particularly vulnerable.
M. Canfin also announced the financing of a forthcoming multiannual programme aimed at promoting economic autonomy for women in several countries of the Arab world.
France supports many programmes to help women: economic autonomy, girls’ education, access to sexual and reproductive health services, combating maternal and child mortality, combating gender violence in partnership with the United Nations (UN Women, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund), and non-governmental organizations.
France has decided to incorporate the gender approach into all her development policies. Events planned in 2013 – like the Francophone Women’s Forum in March and the Union for the Mediterranean meeting in July, devoted to the role of women in society – will be an opportunity to demonstrate this ambition.