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Gender equality in Monaco: a photographic campaign and an assessment

4 March 2020 - 16h32

Sunday March 8th will be International Women’s Rights Day. Monaco celebrates equality in the world of work through a photographic campaign. It was also an opportunity to take stock of the actions carried out.

For the past few days, everyone can see the photographic campaign set up in the Principality on the occasion of March 8th, International Women’s Rights Day. Organized by the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights, this campaign carried out by artist Anthony Alberti, alias Mr One Teas, aims to highlight equality in the world of work by showing 80 women and men associated by pairs who exercise the same activity. The goal is to show that all trades are accessible. A total of 40 are represented to show this diversity across professions, some of which are traditionally exercised, either by men or by women: works supervisor, gardener, bus driver, midwife, educator of young children… The operation is an extension of the Monégalité charter. Support for this operation is manifold and diverse since the Monegasque sports associations of football, rugby, basketball and volleyball collaborated in it, in particular the football player Tiémoué Bakayoko of ASM FC and the basketball player Wilfrid Yeguete of the Roca Team and that many representatives of Monegasque institutions also participated.

 

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Many initiatives

This day on March 8th is an opportunity to review all the work accomplished since the installation of the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights on November 30th, 2018 and its first meeting just over a year ago. It is its mission to coordinate, implement and evaluate the policies adopted in order to promote equality between women and men and to fight violence and discrimination against them. Appointed, from the outset, delegate for the promotion and protection of women’s rights, Céline Cottalorda is now chief officer for Women’s Rights, which marks recognition of her action, her mission, by nature, transversal and proves the interest shown by institutions to this question. As she herself explains: “Since the installation of the committee, a lot of work has been done. We are dedicated to setting up a method and objectives. Thematic groups have been set up to work in small committees on a regular basis (communication, statistics, training, prevention).” And she specifies: “My goal is to go beyond what exists and to integrate all the committee members into the reflections. I am very satisfied with their state of mind and their mobilization. The committee is a great platform for discussion.” Céline Cottalorda reviews the actions taken: “Concretely, we have created a website dedicated to women’s rights, published in mid-January the first study with IMSEE on violence against women in Monaco, implemented a vast plan training to improve the reception of women victims of violence and carried out campaigns to raise awareness of equality and violence during the International Days of March 8th and November 25th.”

The Monégalité charter

The chief officer underlines the very important moment that was the launch of the Monégalité charter which concretizes this approach and the strong will, shared by the government and the employers. Signed by 99% of employers in the Principality, it gives concrete expression to the commitment to promote the equality of women and men at work.

Noël METTEY

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