Public Conference: Where are women’s rights on the agendas of the democratic movement?, Paris

01/11/2019

Gabriel Péri Foundation and the Euromed Feminist Initiative in cooperation with the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) organised international conference about women’s rights on the agendas of the democratic movement that took place on 30 October 2019 in Paris, France.

The conference was divided into 3 sessions and it aimed to be an important step in the process of necessary dialogue to create bridges between feminist reflections and actions and the political field invested by the various components of the progressive movement:
1. Observation and universality of the models;
2. Obstacles to the inclusion of women’s rights and the empowerment of women;
3. Sharing positive experiences and strategies for progress.

Feminism today is multifaceted and rich. Beyond its diversity, it carries the tenacious commitment to women’s freedom to dispose of their own body and to choose their own life, their choice of movement and action in the public space, the promotion of real equality between women and men in the public and private spheres, which is inseparable from democracy. Although gender equality has become a more widely shared idea, it is slow to become a political priority, integrated in public policies as well as in political parties programs including democratic parties. Women are removed from places of political, economic and financial power. Democratic organizations continue largely to analyze the world as being populated with neutral human beings and to conceal the fact that one half of humanity is dominated by the other. Even when they define themselves as feminists, organizations – parties, unions, associative movements – never approach gender domination and oppression of women as a priority or as a full-fledged political subject when they analyze societies. The “questions” of women are entrusted to a specialized commission.