Creating a new victim’s compensation fund and assisting in a report on the wage gap between men and women in Monaco are on the agenda for the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights this year.
Despite 2021 being a difficult year with many cancellations and postponements due to the pandemic, the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights had a banner year, according to the annual progress report.
At a press gathering this week, the Committee revealed that 16 actions were carried out in the realm of women’s rights and violence against women in Monaco. They also formed 34 partnerships and collaborations, and helped push through two new laws in the National Council.
Additionally, they increased social media activity, therefore raising visibility, ending the year with 122,958 views on their sites.
Céline Cottalorda, Interministerial Delegate for Women’s Rights, took stock of the year, saying it was “satisfactory thanks to the many advances but also, beyond words, a year in which actions were taken at the highest levels of the State with an accelerating feminisation movement.” She added that “despite the encouraging signs and the progress, the fight continues, in particular against the scourge of violence against women.”
The Committee also spoke about the future, notably events and actions for the coming year. Raising awareness, especially amongst young people, is high on the agenda, as well as creating a victim’s compensation fund for sexual and domestic violence offenses, including funds for children, and assisting in the publication of a report on the wage gap between men and women in Monaco, which will be released by IMSEE, the Principality’s statistical agency.
Meanwhile, newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Isabelle Berro-Amadeï highlighted the role that youth play in equality, saying, “I do not forget the tremendous involvement of young people. It is indeed more relevant than ever to turn to these young people. They are the builders of a society that wants to be more inclusive, without sexual or sexist discrimination.”
Through its cooperation programs in the field and its presence in international forums, the Principality maintains continuous political and financial support for the protection and emancipation of women. Monaco was notably elected in 2021 to the Board of Directors of ONU Women.
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