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‘Social Week’ in France

Hommes et femmes, la nouvelle donne ( Men and women, the new woman ) was the title of the ‘Social Week’ held in Paris from 23 to 25 November.  “Overcome stereotypes and combat patterns of domination” were the frequent appeals echoed at the conference.  Sir. François Ernenwein, editor and chief of “La Croix”, said, “Equality between men and women is one of the principles that we use to measure the progress of society.  Although the mentality regarding women’s right to family and work has changed since the emancipation of women, it doesn’t keep us from asking ourselves what the effects have been.  Equality does not mean uniformity.  It is important to keep in mind the difference between the sexes and what each has to contribute to the common good”.  Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Equality, also commented saying, “Equality is not a fight between men and women.  It’s a lever to help advance society”.  According to the Vice President of the European Commission Viviane Reding, “in Europe today there is a lot of poverty among women and it is likely to increase, especially among women over the age of 65”.  The Sociologist, Claude Martin says, “The public authorities can play a central role in helping to promote equality. First of all, by stepping up efforts to develop services for young children or encouraging men to take a more active role in caring for their children, for example by allowing fathers to take leaves of absence."

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