Gender equality has otherwise figured little in a campaign dominated by the war in Ukraine and the cost of living, but feminist organizations and academics are nonetheless working to highlight the main challenges women in the country will face. faced over the next five years, including femicide, gender-based Islamophobia, wage inequality and precarious employment.
“The law reshapes most public freedoms by weakening them,” notes Rim-Sarah Alouane, lawyer and researcher at Toulouse Capitole University. “It affects a whole range of people, but the law was designed to frame and control Muslims. And the first victims will be Muslim women.”
Le Pen, who describes herself as a feminist, has struggled to soften her image in recent years.
For the next presidential term, Silvera says the best way to reduce economic inequality between men and women would be to raise wages in these heavily feminized professions. So far, Macron’s gender equality policies have mostly helped women “at the top of the pyramid”, she says.