United, we can make gender equality a reality
Over 140 guests attended the official launch of the The Equality Pledge on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, during an exclusive gathering at Club 39 in Monaco, organized by the Monegasque association SheCanHeCan. The many activities organized carried out by this association, created in 2011 has brought gender equality to the heart of the political, economic, and social agenda of the Principality. The objective of this campaign is to encourage the population to commit to egalitarianism and justice daily to end gender discrimination at all levels.
In her passionate welcome presentation, Vibeke Brask Thomsen, Director of SheCanHeCan, emphasized the citizen should work towards equality. She added that inequalities are not the problem of others, but that of each and every one. (Photo insert: Vibeke Brask-Thomsen welcome presentation @EdWrightimages)
Stéphane Valeri, President of the National Council, made the introductory remarks of the evening and emphasized the legislative advances in the field of women’s rights in the Principality. It was followed by an inspiring presentation by British activist and writer Gina Martin. Her national campaign in England led to a change in legislation and the criminalization of upskirting – taking a picture of a person’s crotch without her consent.
Gilles Tonelli, Counselor-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, speech recalled the stated objective of the Prince’s Government of gender equality with the creation of the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights. He announced the establishment of future actions, particularly in the field of education to familiarize young children with the importance of equality, and highlighted the crucial role of associations such as SheCanHeCan.
Among the many distinguished personalities present that evening, were Camille Gottlieb-Grimaldi, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Didier Gamerdinger, national and municipal councilors, Anne Eastwood, representatives of several associations, as well as various personalities appearing in the video.
The video is already creating a buzz on social networks! Over 50 personalities from the Government, National Council, official institutions, sports figures residing in Monaco, associations, and journalists, pledge for equality.
Two people who helped to work for equality during the year in Monaco were recognized during the Awards Ceremony: Céline Cottalorda, Delegate for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights and Gemma Griffiths, a student at the International School of Monaco. (Photo below: Celine Cottalorda, Vibeke Brask Thomsen and Gemma Griffith @EdWrightimages)
Take the Equality Pledge Now
Many guests chose to join and commit themselves that very evening on the dedicated page of the association. We encourage you to do the same now!
Then share it on social media with us tagging @shecanhecan and #IPledgeForEquality #JeMengagePourLégalité
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” Frances Wright