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International Women’s Day : the role of women in decision-making

In France, the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) was created in 1970, 1975 was declared the “year of the woman,” and March 8th was declared “International Women’s Day” by the United Nations (UN).

This year’s theme will be “the role of women in decision-making.”

The new president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first woman elected at the head of an African country, will be the guest of honour in France on the occasion of International Women’s Day, a meeting-debate on the theme “women and development.”

The fight for the emancipation of women continues today, still causing animated debates in public opinion and in politics on such topics as the feminisation of certain words, or the total parity between men and women.

“Mr. Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, wished in his 2006 New Year’s address that we reinforce our actions aimed at ensuring political parity.(…)

The place of women in positions of responsibility also remains insufficient in companies, but we have a greater number of tools at our disposal to remedy it, whether it be negotiation, law, or targeted measures.”

For more information: UN web site


publié le 16.01.2009

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