The year 2020 has been marked by difficulties, however many events and actions have taken place this year in favor of women and human rights, adding a little positivity to the year. We will list some of them in this article:

Advances against menstrual precariousness

In October 2020, Scotland voted for free hygiene protection. The country then became the precursor of a movement that is likely to grow in the coming years. Indeed, today many countries, such as New Zealand, offer free sanitary protection in schools and universities. 

In France, a law is being proposed to follow the example of Scotland. It is estimated that in France, 1.7 million women are in precarious menstrual situations. A law that could change many lives!


The first black woman statue : Solitude 

On September 26, 2020, the statue of Solitude, an emblematic figure of the resistance of black slaves, was inaugurated. Solitude is the first statue of a black woman in Paris. 

This statue enables also to increase the number of female statues in the capital of France and to give visibility to the role of women during the period of slavery.

The first woman on the moon  

The year 2020 was also marked by the announcement of NASA's "Artemis" plan. Artemis is a space mission whose goal is to send the first woman to the moon in 2024, Anne McClain.

Eight other women will also be part of the mission. This is a big step in the aerospace sector, which is still categorized as a very male-dominated environment.

Mariage for all continues to grow

2020 as well as human rights have been marked by the progress of marriage for all. In May 2020, Costa Rica became the first country in South and Central America to allow same-sex marriage. It joins the list of 28 other countries that also voted in favor of marriage for all.

The purpose of the law is, in addition to allowing marriage, to protect the respective spouses and adoption. In December, Switzerland also created a bill in favor of marriage for all.

Prevention against feminicide 

2020 was also marked by two confinements. Periods in which many women found themselves alone in the face of violence from their spouses. Aware of this issue, many associations have been created and numerous measures have been put in place by the government or associations (the Women's Foundation for example) such as the anti-frappling bracelet or the multiplication of reporting and information sites.

These actions have also made it possible to sensitize a large part of the Belgian and French population to this not insignificant subject. All these actions have allowed to observe a decrease in the number of feminicides by the end of 2020, proving that awareness and information are weapons in their own right!

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