July 26, 2021

40 billion euros to promote gender equality

The Generation Equality Forum, which ended on Friday, July 2, marks “A radical change in resources in favor of women’s rights”, with nearly 40 billion euros in commitments from participants, said UN Women, the United Nations agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women. This sum is distributed between States (23 billion euros), private companies (13 billion), philanthropic foundations (4.5 billion) and international organizations (1.5 billion).

Emphasizing “The negative and disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women”, the institution recalled the issue of recovery plans for “Ensure [qu’elles] will not be left behind as the world rebuilds itself ”.

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France, for its part, has pledged 400 million euros over five years, including 100 million to improve access for women. “To contraception, to safe abortion” as well as “The education of all in sexuality”, so many rights “Essential to achieve true gender equality”, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“Too many women remain deprived of this right, however fundamental, in a world where determined and particularly offensive forces of regression do not hesitate to challenge its legitimacy and prevent its exercise”, he said on Friday.

“Welcome” but “insufficient” announcements

In detail, 90 million euros must come to support the actions of the United Nations Fund for the population (Fnuap), 5 million the right to abortion through the financing of the Organization for the dialogue for safe abortion ( ODAS) in West and Central Africa, and 5 million for a program of equitable access to contraception.

“This contribution comes at a decisive moment”, while “The decline and breach of donor commitments are worrying”, reacted the Fnuap, believing that French aid will“Prevent 6.8 million unwanted pregnancies, 1.9 million unsafe abortions and 145,000 maternal and child deaths”.

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Sexual and reproductive rights are “Even more difficult to access in some countries since the pandemic” of Covid-19, argued Asa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, organizer of this forum hosted by France.

These announcements “Are certainly welcome, but largely insufficient”, regrets for its part in a statement the organization of fight against poverty Oxfam.

This forum “Will not go down in history as the Beijing conference in 1995 had done. There were fine words, but, for concrete actions and commitments, starting with those of France, it does not is not up to the current crisis of women’s rights ”, estimated at Agence France-Presse its general manager, Cécile Duflot.

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The World with AFP