Prime Minister Édouard Philippe of France announced the launch of an online platform where women can report gender-based and sexual-based attacks. The announcement comes a few days after tens of thousands of protesters in France protested for an end to violence against women.
With the online service, witnesses of sexist violence and those victims can share information with the appropriate authorities via their mobile devices and their computer.
With just a few clicks on the platform, a woman can report her case and make a fresh start for herself and her family. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said this on Sunday which was the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Plans for the platform were made over a year ago as it was announced back then by French President Emmanuel Macron. The global #MeToo movement was taking off, and French women started to share their stories of harassment with the hashtag #BalanceTonPorc which means “squeal on your pig.”
The fight against sexism and gender violence and gender inequality is one of the major causes of the French presidency. In August, street harassment of women and lewd calls to women was outlawed by the government. The government also started a crackdown on sexual violence against minors. But critics of the French government say that it hasn’t done enough to protect women against violence and close the gender gap.
There was a huge protest which was called the largest feminist mobilization in France. About 50,000 people participated in the protest. 30,000 people in France and 20,000 people in other places. Men and women marched under a banner saying “All of Us,” or “Nous Toutes.” This is the response of France to the MeToo movement. Police estimates put the marchers in France at 12,000.
France has a gender equality minister called Marlene Schiappa who called the protest a great demonstration that must be seen and heard. Dozens of protests like that protest took part all over the world to mark the United Nations International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime used the protest to call attention to a major report on the gender-related killing of girls and women. The report on how the most common killer of women around the world is domestic violence. 87,000 people were murdered around the world and, over 50% of those who died were killed by those that they knew.
French Femicide statistics were published on Sunday. In 2016, about 123 women in France were killed by their spouses or their ex-partners. This amounted to about one murder every 3 days.
Despite the progress made by several bodies, violence against women still exists today, and there is a lot that still needs to be done to educate women and protect them against sexist and gender violence.