LJP Youth: Gender Norms Still Pervasive in the Land of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité”

Léa-Claire Tersou is part of a new initiative called LJP Youth. The LJP team has partnered with the Bilingual School of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a high school in Lille, France, to create a space for young, aspiring journalists to comment on the world around them. We hope you enjoy what they have to say.  As I sit in class, I […]

Winners and Losers? EP rejects the Estrela Report Yet Again

The European Parliament rejected the controversial Estrela report yet again on the Dec. 10, with 351 members voting to send it back for further revision. The Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela, was rejected once before in October. Despite the changes made by the Committee on […]

Senate Moves to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The French Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for young girls, in an effort to promote gender equality and to minimize the “over-sexualization” of young women. The motion, which must still pass the National Assembly, was promoted by former Sports Minister Chanal Jouanno. “Let’s not make our girls believe from an early age that […]

The Greens’ Opposition to the Budgetary Pact Divides the Left Majority

On September 22nd, the Ecologist Party Europe-Écologie-les-Verts (EELV) expressed its firm rejection of the European Budgetary Pact, with 70% voting no during the federal council of the party. The ecologists are part of the left-wing in the assembly, and they are the official allies of the Parti Socialiste (PS). The two major ecologist figures, Cécile […]

Sad Summer for Women Part 2

The Cecile Duflot case has not been the only attack on women in France in recent months. In the spring, the Constitutional Council – the French equivalent to the Supreme Court – annulled the law banning sexual harassment on the grounds that the concept was badly defined. This decision was unanimously criticized, as the Council […]

Op-Ed: Getting Away with Sexual Harassment Just Got Easier

Wednesday, June 20, the Senate finished its report on a new sexual harassment law that will fill the current legal void surrounding the issue. In the wake of the Presidential Election, a major court decision went relatively unnoticed.  As of May 4th, 2012, there is no longer a law protecting sexual harassment victims in France. […]