World Conference on Women


Wanrui Bai

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Delegates: Bai Wanrui and Raag Sudha Sanjay

Country: The French Republic

Committee: Economic and Social Council — Commission on the Status of Women

Topic A: Women in Corporate and Electoral Governance

France has always taken an emphatically clear stand for gender equality, and this has been clearly reinforced by actions taken both on the national and global scale. On the issue of political representation of women, France has been a forerunner in implementing reforms in its domestic landscape to promote the inclusion of women.

France was one of the first countries to adopt reforms towards parity democracy — equality of men and women in democratic governance. In 1999, a gendered quota system was introduced for women in French politics, where parties had to endorse an equal number of candidates...