French youth rally for gender equality
Young people aged 16-25 massively participated to the EgalitéE2014 contest, launched by French Minister of Women's Rights Najat Vallaud- Belkacem. The contest invited youth to produce original videos, visual works and texts representing their views on gender inequalities.
3,000 participants responded to this call for projects and submitted around 2,000 videos, posters and writings. By revisiting old feminist slogans or by creating new ones, young participants managed to mock stereotypes and provide evidence that the gender issue is still a hot topic.
Such massive mobilization proves that gender inequalities matter to young people. Their interest is a precondition to build a more balanced society between women and men – a point shared by the artists interviewed in the study Women in music and cinema in Europe. Indeed, educate and raise people’s awareness on women’s rights from an early age is a key step in order to fight against gender stereotypes. Similarly, gender-equality education is one of the pillars of the Pacte sur les stereotypes (Covenant on stereotypes), a list of nine proposals by French Laboratoire de l’égalité (Equality Lab) to enhance equality between women and men.
Because it gives voice to young people, this initiative by the French Ministry of Women's Rights is to be welcomed. Winners will be announced on March 7, stay tuned!
Find out more:
Discover the participants’ entries on the competition website: egalitee2014.fr
femmes.gouv.fr to follow live the awards ceremony which will be attended by French Prime Minister, the Minister of Women's Rights and members of the jury
The Covenant on stereotypes, written by Laboratoire de l’égalité and signed by Vivendi in November 2013