In a statement given during the opening ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), French President Emmanuel Macron gave a statement detailing the goals of the Forum and France's priorities. The GEF is an initiative organized by UN Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France, aiming to accelerate progress to achieve gender equality through tangible measures during 2021-2026.
Macron pointed out the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women, including through an uptick of violence, the deepening of economic and social inequalities which exacerbate poverty and hunger, and attacks on women's rights and access to family planning. On top of this, women have been overrepresented among frontline workers taking responding to the pandemic, putting them at higher risk for infection.
There is no excuse for the curtailing of women's rights, Macron said. As the Forum kicks off, he announced, France will focus its attention on supporting girls' education, bodily autonomy, and organizations that protect women's rights.