Target: Marisol Touraine, French Minister of Women’s Rights
Goal: Praise recent laws expanding women’s rights and promoting gender equality
Gender equality activists have been disappointed time and again by governmental neglect on the issue of women’s rights, especially when it comes to defending reproductive health and rights. However, governments around the world should be taking notes from France’s example. France recently passed comprehensive new laws to empower women to make the best decisions for themselves through expanded abortion protections, paternal leave, and help for domestic violence and poverty sufferers.
Since 1975, French women were forced to demonstrate to a doctor that pregnancy caused them distress in order to acquire an abortion, but no more. Now women are no longer forced to justify their personal decision to receive an abortion procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and the government is required to pay for all legal abortions as well as for contraception for all French teens. Misinformation campaigns are no longer allowed to conduct their business outside of abortion providers.
The new laws go further to allow for and promote paternity leave of the same length as maternity leave when French workers have newborns. This encourages active father participation during early development and discourages discrimination against women of childbearing years in hiring. Even better, the new legislation acknowledges the fact that women often suffer the most from poverty and from domestic abuse issues. Measures to aid women living in poverty and victims of domestic abuse were included in the recent laws in order to help women rise above their circumstances and build a better future for themselves.
By signing this petition, you are thanking Minister Marisol Touraine and the Ministry of Women’s Rights for setting an impeccable example for gender equality movements around the world and also encouraging them to continue setting the bar for women’s rights and gender equality.
Dear Minister Touraine,
France’s track record when it comes to women’s rights and gender equality in recent years has been impressive, to say the least. The 2013 law expanding women’s access to contraception and abortion was a fantastic prelude to the comprehensive legislation passed recently. The new law highlighted and addressed the major areas in which women are discriminated against and held back—in the economy, the workplace, the clinic, and the home.
Thank you for being an integral part of the campaign for gender equality in France, and for standing up for women’s rights and reproductive health. I encourage you to continue being a positive model for gender equality movements around the world.
[Your Name Here]
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