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25 November 2013 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France intends to play a leading role in promoting women’s rights.

France is mobilized in all multilateral forums. We supported the first UN resolutions aimed at condemning and combating female genital mutilation and forced marriages. We also promoted the adoption, at the Council of Europe, of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. France is also committed to ensuring that gender equality and the eradication of violence are included in the future objectives of the post-2015 development agenda.

Together with UN Women, we are particularly mobilized in support of practical projects in the Arab world and in sub-Saharan Africa. The effective implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on combating sexual violence in conflict is a key priority for France.



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