Visit of French Minister for Women’s Rights to India
Visit to India of Ms Najat Vallaud Belkacem, Cabinet Minister for Women’s Rights and Spokesperson of the French Government, 25-28 October 2013
In continuity with the State visit of the President of the French Republic (14-15 February 2013), Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Women’s Rights and Spokesperson of the French Government, will come on a four-day visit to India from 25 to 28 October 2013. This will be an opportunity to initiate an Indo-French dialogue on a range of social matters.
Ms Vallaud-Belkacem will be received by the Hon’ble ministers Smt Krishna Tirath, Shri Shashi Tharoor, and Shri Sachin Pilot, with whom she will exchange views on the global situation of women, including in France and India. They will address ways and means of promoting women’s empowerment and emancipation as well as jointly combating violence and discrimination against them.
Minister Vallaud-Belkacem will also visit several NGOs in Delhi that fight against prostitution and the marginalisation of children, to interact with women and adolescents.
- Ms Najat Vallaud Belkacem
- Cabinet Minister for Women’s Rights and Spokesperson of the French Government
She will be given a tour of the Delhi Police Control Room and the Women’s Help Line centre, with the Commissioner of Police of Delhi, for a presentation of the measures taken to respond to acts of violence against women and exchange of good practices.
On 25 October, she will bestow the distinction of Knight of the Legion of Honour (“Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur”) on Ms Anjali Gopalan, Founder and Executive Director of Naz Foundation, for reaching out to persons affected by HIV-AIDS and fighting against sexual discrimination.
On 28 October, Ms Vallaud-Belkacem will meet Indian women CEOs at the FICCI Ladies Organisation to gather their experiences as corporate managers on gender equality in companies and gender parity in corporate boards both in France and in India.
In the evening, the minister will deliver the closing address of a seminar entitled “Winning Women”, jointly organized by the French Embassy in India, the German Embassy in India and Zubaan Books. The seminar is aimed at gaining cross-cutting viewpoints from Indian, French and German experiences on the situation of women in these three countries.