FRANCE: STOP PRESS – French High Council for Equality between Women and Men recommends a constitutional right to access contraception and abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 19, 2018
The French Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (High Council on Equality between Women and Men) is an independent, national consultative body charged with the protection of the rights of women and the promotion of equality between the sexes. It was created in 2013 and is composed of 72 members representing the diversity of individuals who support gender equality. Their remit is to share their expertise with the public authorities, involve French society in their consultative work, assess public policies, formulate recommendations, and encourage public debate.
The Council has published a call for the revision and modernisation of the Constitution of the French Republic to guarantee equality between women and men. Among its recommendations are the constitutional right to access contraception and abortion.