Promoting the cause of women and Europe - Gisèle Halimi's twin objectives

Promoting the cause of women and Europe - Gisèle Halimi's twin objectives

 

What can we do to promote women's cause within a political entity such as Europe, Gisèle Halimi asked her audience at the 4th meeting of women members of the Parliamentary Assembly. What she proposes is a novel approach based on the principle of solidarity, a so-called "most favoured European woman clause". This would enable European women to benefit from whatever was the most advantageous legislation currently in existence in Europe in such areas as the family, work, domestic violence, parity and the choice of whether to give birth. The law, she says, must always give an impetus to changing attitudes.

 

She has expanded on her proposal in a published work in which she calls for a legislative package of 14 laws from 10 different countries, each of which, she says, is particularly suited to advancing women's rights. She told her listeners that there would be a colloquy on the subject at the Kléber conference centre in Paris on 27 and 28 November.

 

Ms Halimi is a lawyer and committed feminist. She is President of the association "CHOISIR la cause des femmes », which she co-founded with Simone de Beauvoir in 1971. She was an elected member of the French National Assembly from 1981 to 1984 and is rapporteur of the committee on parity between women and men in political life at the French monitoring centre on parity.