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International Women's Day

Published on March 19, 2024

The Marianne association celebrates International Women's Day on March 8, 2024.


Since its launch in 2021, about fifteen winners from all continents have been welcomed each year in France. Many of these laureates are committed to the fight for the rights of women and girls.


In 2024, the third cohort will include seven laureates committed to these themes: Eman Homaid, Patricia Carole Maneng's Sunday, Vanja Pavlovic, Teodomira Rosales Sierra, Fredrick Simon, Enrica Duncan, and an Egyptian laureate.


On the occasion of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the winners of the Marianne Initiative were largely involved in the events organised by the Elysée Palace and the Ministries.

  • They were invited to the event on feminist diplomacy organised by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

During a panel discussion on "Sexual Violence in Conflict", Cameroonian laureate Patricia Carolle Maneng's Sunday reviewed the state of the crisis in Cameroon, the activities of her association for women's rights and launched an appeal for peace.

"I turn to you (...) so that through my voice you can hear the muffled cries of women and girls, who are dying in this conflict [in Cameroon], deprived of hope, freedom and dignity for too long. (...). These women and girls need your voice, to break the silence that surrounds their suffering. Tell their stories with vigour and determination and mobilize global political opinion to support efforts to resolve the crisis in Cameroon. Don't look away from their suffering. »

Excerpt from Patricia Carolle Maneng's speech at the Quai d'Orsay on Sunday, 8 March 2024


©Judith Litvine/MEAE

This ceremony, open to the public, was an opportunity to put the seal on the Constitution, making France the first nation in the world to enshrine abortion in its Constitution.

Enrica Duncan, Brazilian laureate 2024, recalled the importance of this day:

"In France, abortion has just been constitutionalized, so this Day is an opportunity this year to celebrate this victory. In many states, such as Brazil, the right to abortion remains severely restricted and threatened. »

Like Patricia Carolle Maneng's Sunday and Enrica Duncan, more than 15 human rights defenders committed to women's and girls' rights have been selected as winners of the Marianne Initiative since the launch of the programme.

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