French ministers to receive anti-sexism lessons
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All 38 French ministers, men and women alike, are signing up to take anti-sexism classes in an effort to get rid of the casual sexism that currently haunts politics. The 45 minute lessons will feature PowerPoint presentations and will aim to teach the ministers how to recognise sexism in everyday life, and how to avoid it in political communication. Although France is making progress with regard to gender equality after President François Hollande appointed equal numbers of men and women as ministers, sexism is still rampant. In July, Cecile Duflot, the Housing Minister, received wolf-whistles and cat-calls while speaking in the National Assembly, all for wearing a knee-length dress, while Agriculture Minister Stephane LeFoll came under fire this month for saying, “I've tried to promote women as much as possible, even though some of our dossiers are very technical.” This comment appeared in an interview with French newspaper L’Express regarding gender equality. The classes are organised by Caroline de Haas, and are being attended by both female and male ministers in order to maintain gender equality. Although France is trailing in 57th place in this year’s Global Gender Gap report, when it comes to female representation in parliament, the country tops both Britain and the United States.