The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published its International Strategy for Gender Equality, which provides the guidelines that will coordinate the gender perspective in France's development policies, as well as its external action for the next five years. It is a translation of President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to make gender equality a focus of his term in office, recognizing a worrying international context where women and girls are the first to be affected by poverty, conflict, and climate change. The strategy puts the issue of gender equality at the center of all the mechanisms promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: cooperation and development, economic diplomacy, influence, cultural, and educational policies.
The five sectoral areas of intervention are: 1) Ensuring free and equal access to services, including basic social services, such as education and sexual and reproductive health; 2) Promoting access to productive and economic resources; 3) Ensuring women and girls' equal and free access to rights and justice; 4) Ensuring the effective participation of women in decision-making in economic, political and social areas; and 5) Ensuring equal participation of women in peace and security processes.
In order to do that, the MFA will: a) Redouble its efforts for equality and parity within its own teams and those of its operators; b) Intensify political advocacy on gender equality; c) Determine that 50% of all projects of the French Development Agency (AFD) integrate a goal of reducing gender inequalities; d) Improve the visibility, transparency, and accountability of the gender actions carried out by the MFA and its operators; and e) Strengthen links with civil society actors, the private sector, and research to tackle gender inequalities.
Gender strategy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs