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French priorities in the fight for Gender Equality

Published 13 August 2018 in Surveys

These answers were obtained between May 9 and June 7, 2017, before violence against women was prominently debated in the media through the Weinstein scandal.

However, fighting violence against women is, according to French public opinion, the first priority in the struggle for gender equality.

Choosing to tackle violence against women as a priority underlines the desire to act on an immediate, "non-hierarchical" emergency: in other words, preserving women’s physical and moral integrity.

In terms of priorities after tackling violence against women, French people identify those issues which invariably position women as subordinates of men: men’s education, representation of women in politics, professional life, etc.

This data comes from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and piloted by the research team at University College London and Birmingham University as part of the project Aid Attitudes Tracker which measures the evolution of opinions and behaviors on issues of international solidarity in four countries.