The Secretariat of the Generation Equality Forum adapted to the health restrictions, organizing a series of digital events, #OurGenerationEquality, that took place in the run-up to the rescheduled Forum. Many leading figures from a wide range of fields helped to raise awareness of the issues addressed by the Forum and kept the focus on the continued mobilization of all players in the fight for gender equality.
7 July 2020
The Generation Equality Forum Paris 2021 was initially scheduled on 7 July 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic. However, the Frenc Secretariat of the Forum wished to symbolically mark the initial opening day by organizing a digital event, #OurGenerationEquality, under the aegis of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the office of the Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination, in partnership with UN Women France and the Mexican Embassy in France.
Hosted by pundit Sophia Aram, the event highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women and profiled the women involved in the response to the crisis. Structured around five key issues (women at the forefront of the crisis, the fight against gender-based and sexual violence and cyber-violence, access to sexual and reproductive health and rights during the crisis, economic inequalities and the division of domestic tasks, and the construction of the “world of after”), some thirty speakers were invited to attend: representatives of the government, international organizations, feminist associations working on the ground, the private sector, members of the medical profession, the judicial sector, economists and sociologists, and public figures from the fields of culture, sport and the media. France Médias Monde was a partner of the event, with the participation of France24 journalists Annette Young and Virginie Herz.
Series of thematic events #OurGenerationEquality
Between December 2020 and March 2021, the French Secretariat of the Generation Equality Forum organized a series of seven thematic events dedicated to the Action Coalitions and the follow-up mechanism of the “Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action” agenda, which will be launched at the Paris Forum:
- Gender-based violence (7 December 2020)
- Economic justice and rights (14 December 2020)
- Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (8 January 2021)
- Feminist action for climate justice (25 January 2021)
- Technology and innovation for gender equality (8 February 2021)
- Feminist movements and leadership (22 February 2021)
- “Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action” Agenda (3 March 2021)
The aim of these events was to raise awareness of the Action Coalitions and their issues and to mobilize the largest possible number of players committed to gender equality in France. Hosted and moderated by Ambassador and Secretary-General of the Generation Equality Forum, Delphine O, each event included five panellists representing a State, an international organization, civil society, the private sector and a specialist in the field. During an hour and fifteen minutes of discussion, the speakers defined the key messages of the action coalition and how to get the different players committed to gender equality to work together and to create international solidarity. The final 15 minutes were given over to questions from the audience.
Gender-based violence (7 December 2020)
The first event was dedicated to gender-based violence. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of the UK to France, H.E. Lord Edward Llewellyn, the President of UN Women France, Ms Céline Mas, the Executive Director of the Kering Foundation, Ms Céline Bonnaire, the Co-President of CLEF (French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby), Ms Jocelyne Adriant-Mebtoul, and the demographer Ms Elizabeth Brown.
Economic justice and rights (14 December 2020)
The second event was dedicated to women’s economic justice and rights. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of Mexico to France, H.E. Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, the Senior ILO Specialist on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination, Ms Emanuela Pozzan, the Gender Equality Advocacy Officer at CARE France, Ms Ludovica Anedda, the Head of Company Engagement at BNP Paribas, Mr Antoine Sire, and the economist and Director of the Presage programme at Sciences Po, Ms Hélène Périvier.
Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (8 January 2021)
The third event was dedicated to body autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of Argentina to France, H.E. Leonardo Costantino, the Advocacy Officer of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) at the World Bank, Mr Bruno Rivalan, the CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Ms Kate Hampton, the Programme Officer of Alliance Droits et Santé, Ms Agathe Blanc-Kamissoko, and the member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and the French Family Planning association, Ms Véronique Séhier.
Feminist action for climate justice (25 January 2021)
The fourth event was dedicated to feminist action for climate justice. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of Costa Rica to France, H.E. Sonia Marta Mora Escalante, the Gender Programme Manager of the West Asia Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ms Laila Annouri, the Coordinator for Burkina Faso of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Ms Oureratou Ouedraogo, the Deputy Director for Institutional Affairs at L’Oréal, Mr Jonathan Maher, and the gender expert of the French Development Agency, Ms Ouafae Sananès.
Technology and innovation for gender equality (8 February 2021)
The fifth event was dedicated to technology and innovation for gender equality. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of Finland to France, H.E. Teemu Tanner, the International Advocacy Officer at UNICEF France, Ms Farah Malek-Bakouche, the Founder and CEO of Social Builder, Ms Emmanuelle Larroque, the Head of Communication Coordination and Networks at ENGIE, Ms Elisabeth Richard, and professor at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School Ms Chantal Morley.
Feminist movements and leadership (22 February 2021)
The sixth event was dedicated to feminist movements and leadership. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to France, H.E. Pieter de Gooijer, the co-founder of the Mediterranean Women’s Fund, Ms Fawzia Baba-Aissa, member of Young Feminist Europe Ms Kristy Romain, the Managing Director at Women Political Leaders, Ms Lucia de Luca, and feminist historian Ms Françoise Picq.
/ "Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action" agenda (3 March 2021)
The seventh and final event was dedicated to the follow-up mechanism for the “Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action” agenda. Ambassador Delphine O welcomed the Ambassador of Norway to France, H.E. Oda Helen Sletnes, the Head of the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, Ms Ghita El Khyari, the Founder and President of We are NOT Weapons of War, Ms Céline Bardet, the Special Envoy of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security, Ms Bineta Diop, and member of the NGO Promotion of Human Values (PROVAH) Ms Divine Mumba Kilufya.