France awarded top score on gender equality

100 out of 100. This is the score that the World Bank has awarded France in the release of its new index: "Women, Business and the Law: A Decade of Reforms".

The World Bank analysed eight criteria to assess the ability of the 187 economies taking part to guarantee women strictly equal rights with men.

For France, the verdict is clear. Thanks to its recent reforms on equal pay between women and men and thanks to cross-government public policies and a legal arsenal addressing the matter, which are constantly being enhanced, France guarantees strictly equal rights for women and men.

France had the biggest improvement among the top performers, going from a score of 91.88 in the index ten years ago to 100 now by implementing a domestic violence law, providing criminal penalties for workplace sexual harassment and introducing paid parental leave.The average global score is 74.71, indicating that a typical economy gives women only three-fourths the legal rights of men in the measured areas.

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In Washington in January 2019, as part of the feminist diplomacy France has been conducting since March 2018, Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination, met Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, who had already praised France’s efforts over the past two years.
Gender equality is the National Worthy Cause of the presidential five-year term. Equal rights are a decisive milestone in the cultural challenge we are called to take up: achieving substantive gender equality, together.

Last modified on 05/03/2019

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