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The Monegasque Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights has been campaigning for gender equality and against violence since 2018.

“Women and girls make up half of the world’s population and therefore half of its potential”, explains the UN, which has made gender equality a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG number 5). The fight for equality between men and women is not new to Monaco. The ‘Association pour la défense des intérêts de la femme monégasque’, which has since become the ‘Union of Monegasque Women’, was founded in 1958.

At a state level, the ‘Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights’, created in 2018, works for gender equality and combating violence and discrimination against women. Chaired by Isabelle Berro-Amadéi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and steered by Céline Cottalorda, Chief Officer for Women’s Rights, this body brings together representatives of NGOs working for women’s rights, such as the Association d’Aide aux Victimes d’Infractions (AVIP).  It enables the State to develop its initiatives in the field of women’s rights. Monaco has signed up to the international conventions of the UN and the Council of Europe to combat violence and discrimination and promote gender equality.

One of the committee’s first steps was to commission a study from Monaco Statistics to measure the pay gap between men and women working in the Principality. While in the civil service, the difference in the average pay index point between men and women is 0.7% in favour of women, in the private sector, men have an average gross monthly salary 28.5% higher than women.

The Committee has also prompted the Monegasque authorities to repeal obsolete or discriminatory provisions against women in all the codes and non-codified provisions of Monegasque law. Following an analysis of almost 12,000 legal and legislative texts, 85 provisions and texts have been amended or deleted.

In 2023, the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights entered into a partnership with the ‘Résonantes’ association, which is developing ‘App-Elles’. This free app is designed to meet the main assistance and support needs of victims and witnesses of violence. It records and quickly alerts the relevant organisations in 14 countries which, in Monaco specifically, includes the CHPG, the Police Department and the Monegasque Red Cross.

The campaign to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2023) tackles digital violence. Because, as the slogan reminds us, ‘violence from behind a screen still hurts’.

A manga comic has been designed and published by Shibuya Production, publishers of the Blitz series. The manga, available in print and digital versions and distributed to schools in Monaco, condemns a range of behaviour including the sharing of intimate photos without consent, the publication of photomontages, mob mentality and the impact of psychological violence on the victim. According to Céline Cottalorda, “Our aim is to reach young people who are particularly exposed to digital issues and at risk in crisis situations.”

To find out more, visit: https://dfm.mc

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