Sexual violence: female figures ask Emmanuel Macron for an “emergency plan”

Ⓒ AFP – ludovic MARIN – | The President Emmanuel Macron, October 31, 2017 at the Elysee

Hundreds of female personalities of civil society, artists, actresses, women writers, journalists, doctors … ask President Macron to decree “an emergency plan against sexual violence” in a forum published in the JDD Sunday.

This call, initiated by feminist activists, including Caroline de Haas, will be posted on the Change platform as a petition (http://1femmesur2.fr). It has already been signed by a hundred personalities, who were “like so many others, harassed, assaulted or raped,” according to its initiators.

Among the first signatories: Lisa Azuelos (director), Zabou Breitman (actress), Fanny Cottençon (actress), Nadia Daam (journalist), Marie Darrieussecq (writer), Tatiana de Rosnay (writer), Rokhaya Diallo (journalist), Valérie Donzelli (actress, director), Louane Emera (singer, actress), Imany (singer), Catherine Jacob (actress, author), Agnès Jaoui (actress, author, director), Kee-Yoon Kim (actress, author), Lola Lafon (writer), Alexandra Lamy (actress), Sandra Laugier (philosopher), Michela Marzano (philosopher), Anna Mouglalis (actress), Helena Noguerra (actress, singer), Orlan (visual artist), Emmanuelle Piet (doctor), Nadia Roz (actress) or Céline Sciamma (screenwriter, director).

The text sent to Emmanuel Macron reminds that it follows the influx of evidence arrived in the public sphere since the revelation of the Weinstein scandal in the United States. He intends to denounce the “intolerable collective denial” of which women are victims, in “a society which (the) mistreats”, according to its authors.

“One in two women has already been the victim of sexual violence, some are no longer here to sign this tribune, dead under the blows, some are particularly concerned because they are disabled, lesbian or suffer racism”, emphasize the authors.

They are calling for an “emergency plan” commensurate with public policies and the means implemented for road safety, “which have shown results”.

Five priority measures are proposed:

– the immediate doubling of grants from associations hosting women victims

– Compulsory training for all professionals in contact with them

– the creation of a patent of non-violence modeled on the college road safety patent

– Compulsory workplace training against sexual harassment at work

– a national communication campaign of the same level as those on road safety.

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