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The government wants to hunt down “ambiguous” feminist associations regarding Hamas crimes, as announced by Deputy Minister Auore Bergé.
POLICY – ” Financial blackmail “, ” instrumentalization of Hamas crimes”… In the aftermath of Aurore Bergé’s threats to seek ambiguity in the declarations of feminist associations subsidized by the State after the Hamas attack on October 7, the associations are having difficulty swallowing the pill and are not lacking in strong words to denounce the minister’s speech.
It must be said that the new Minister Delegate in charge of Equality between Women and Men was particularly firm on Sunday at the microphone of Radio J when she announced that the government was moving “under the sieve” statements related to the October 7 attack from all feminist associations.
Zero tolerance advocated by the minister, which she justifies by her refusal to see the State financially support “associations which cannot characterize what happened”.
#WeAll strike back
Visibly upset, the feminist collective #NousToutes was the first to respond this Monday, February 12, denouncing the “ instrumentalization » by Aurore Bergé. On
“There is no ambiguity on the part of feminists, we believe all the victims, we are the first to denounce all male violence against women, wherever they come from”she said.
And according to her, this “ instrumentalization of Hamas crimes and Israel’s response to Gaza » has the sole aim of “ avoid taking responsibility for the lack of resources in the fight against gender-based violence.”
The president of #NousToutes Lille also sees in this “ backlash » (contrecoup in French) a way of conveying the idea that “ feminists would cost society dearly.” Which is false, according to the feminist activist, who recalls that her association is “financially independent”what “is not the case for all associations”.
And she goes even further by denouncing the role of the State, which “discard” on feminist associations dependent on subsidies, while it is they who “perform public service missions”. The activist ends up concluding that it is “It is therefore scandalous to threaten them today, especially since it endangers the victims of violence.”
A ” silence ” embarrassing about Hamas crimes?
Strong words close to those of the Les Dégommeuses association, a leading figure in the promotion of women’s football in France, which fights in particular “against sexism, LGBT-phobias and all discrimination “.
In a message on wants to dictate the political positions of feminist associations by exercising financial blackmail”. In response, Les Dégommeuses ensures “resist intimidation” by continuing their work with “ a decolonial word, free from any constraint “.
But why is the new minister responsible for gender equality attacking feminist associations? The beginnings of an explanation lie behind the criticisms expressed after the bloody attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement and the Israeli reprisals. #NousToutes, as well as other feminist associations and figures, were then particularly targeted for their ” silence “ on information and testimonies reporting rapes committed by Hamas men.
#NousToutes and other associations then defended themselves by claiming to fight for ” all the women “ and condemning “unambiguously the sexual and gender-based crimes, rapes and feminicides committed by Hamas, which particularly targeted women, LGBTQIA+ people and children”.
On Sunday, Aurore Bergé clarified that her request, made to the administration last week, should obtain a response ” in the coming days “a sign that this standoff between the government and feminist associations is only just beginning.
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