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The results of the fight against violence against women of the Macron five-year term, seen by associations

In his speech of November 25, 2017, which announced the launch of the great cause of the five-year period devoted to equality between women and men, Emmanuel Macron recalled that « The first pillar of this cause is the fight for the complete elimination of violence against women ». Four years later, as her presidential term ends in a few months and this Thursday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the assessment drawn up by the actresses and actors in the field is mixed.

« We had a #metoo five-year term, with strong political communication on the subject of violence, mainly under pressure from feminist associations and society », analysis Céline Piques, spokesperson for the association Dare feminism !. While welcoming that « The cultural battle over the perception of the systemic nature of violence has advanced », noting for example that « The terms ‘feminicide’ or ‘pedocriminality’ are widely used today, including by politicians », she expresses « A real disappointment in the deployment of public policies ”, with « Clearly insufficient means compared to the scale of the phenomenon, which crosses the whole of society ».

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It is at the legislative level that the results are considered the most positive. Criminalization of street harassment, creation of an age threshold for non-consent to sexual violence, generalization of anti-reconciliation bracelets… Four laws specifically relating to the protection of victims of gender-based and sexual violence were adopted during the five-year term . A progress unanimously welcomed. « These texts advance the protection of women and children victims of violence », believes Ernestine Ronai, member of the High Council for Equality, who welcomes in particular the inclusion in the law of the automatic withdrawal of parental authority in the event of femicide, even if « This withdrawal is for six months only, which is not enough, but it is a first step ».

« Improving the culture of protection »

Another reason for satisfaction, according to the activist, who chairs the National Steering Committee for the Protection Ordinance, a new body linked to the Ministry of Justice: the fact that the family court judge can issue a protection order without a criminal complaint. and this, within six days of the hearing date. An effect of the law of December 28, 2019 aimed at acting against violence within the family, which also widened the conditions for the allocation of another device, the serious danger telephone (TGD). « We must improve the culture of protection, that we come to think that we must first protect, from the first revealed violence, which is never the first to be suffered », insists Ernestine Ronai. While around 3,300 protection orders were granted in 2020, she wants « Multiply this figure by ten ».

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