“It’s a whole society that is sick of this violence and that must be aware of this scourge”, affirmed Tuesday on franceinfo Elisabeth Moreno, Minister Delegate in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities after the feminicide committed on the night of Sunday 23 to Monday 24 May in Hayange, in Moselle, and two weeks after that perpetrated in Mérignac, in Gironde.
Elisabeth Moreno ensures that her colleagues Eric Dupond-Moretti and Gérald Darmanin “understood that it was necessary to work on better coordination of the various services of Justice and the Interior”.
franceinfo: What is your feeling after the new feminicide that happened in Hayange?
Elisabeth Moreno: These feminicides are a very harsh reality of the die-hard sexism that is at work in our country. These women were killed by their ex-partners because they are women and because they refused to let them leave them. Since 2017, since the President of the Republic decided that the great cause of the five-year term would be equality between women and men, the fight against violence against women has been the first of this great cause. We cannot speak of equality if women, every two or three days in our country, die under the blows of spouses or ex-spouses. I think that we underestimate the dangerousness of the aggressors, of the people who commit domestic violence, because often, it is in the home. But we see it in the case of Mérignac’s feminicide, poor Chahinez, and this poor Stéphanie’s weekend, it was happening in the street. So a whole society is sick of this violence. The associations that fight against domestic violence explain that it takes on an increasingly serious and more and more dramatic dimension. And that’s the reason we have to get hold of it. Is there a failure? There is feedback that is given on these different situations. Whether it is Eric Dupond-Moretti or whether it is Gérald Darmanin, they have understood that it is necessary to work on better coordination of the various services of Justice and the Interior. We are going to take this issue and make sure we learn from what went wrong so that we can continue to progress because so much has been done. But there is still a lot to do and as long as there are feminicides, we will not stop on these questions.
“A whole society must be made aware of this scourge these women are facing.”Elisabeth moreno
Is this also a sign, unfortunately, that we may not take the words of these women who speak out seriously enough?
Never has there been so much talk of femicide in our country as in the past three years. Until some time ago, when there was a femicide, it was a little insert in a local newspaper. Today, the radio stations, the press and the media are seizing these questions and talking about them on the front page. A whole society must become aware of this scourge which these women are facing. And I think that more and more, whether it is the police, the first ramparts to this violence, whether it is justice, with anti-reconciliation bracelets, with the multiplication of protection orders, with telephones serious danger, all this has been multiplied. I don’t think you can say that you can’t hear the spoken word, because that would be unfair. The liberation of speech is more and more present and that it is taken into consideration. But we must also recognize that we are starting a long way and that it is a long-term job. And that is why we have to speed up the process and ensure that there is better coordination of the various services working on these issues.
Is that why the 3919, this listening service, will be reinforced?
Since 2017, there have been four laws that have been passed to protect women who are victims of violence. There was a Grenelle on domestic violence, from which 46 measures were issued to protect women from such violence. And within the framework of these various measures, we have decided to work with the National Federation of Solidarity Women which, for more than thirty years, has been working to protect women who are victims of violence. And as part of the Grenelle, the President of the Republic had decided that it was necessary to ensure that this line is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, on overseas territories, in France, whether it is accessible to people with disabilities, hearing impaired people, people with aphasia, deaf people. This convention that we signed on Tuesday May 25th comes to concretize this flagship measure of the Grenelle of domestic violence. And I am obviously counting on the work that the FNSF and the 73 associations that work with it do to help victims become aware of the violence they suffer and that they come out of their isolation. But also to support and encourage them in this process of free speech by showing them that they are not alone and accompanying them in their efforts by informing them of their rights and directing them towards the actors and existing mechanisms. And this is how we will manage to stop this scourge because it is a matter of life and death issues, because expectations are extremely high in this matter in our society and we cannot, we we must not fail on these issues.