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French ambassador visits Cook Islands National Council of Women

Friday 17 March 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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French ambassador visits Cook Islands National Council of Women
Ambassador of the Republic of France Laurence Beau (seated front right) with the members of the Cook Islands National Council of Women yesterday afternoon. 23031617

Ambassador of the Republic of France, Laurence Beau was humbled, honoured and touched to receive her first colourful ei katu and special gift of a rito hat from the members of the Cook Islands National Council of Women yesterday.

Beau noted the good relationship between the two countries and paid tribute to the Cook Islands soldiers who sacrificed their lives in France during World War, stating that behind each soldier there were mothers, sisters, daughters and women left behind.

She shared the policy for women and girls in France have been pushed so well by all the different governments for a long time, and especially in the last 15 years. However she said “there still is a lot to do”.

“Each year in France, there is a quota of 40 per cent of what we call the first nomination of ambassadors’ must be women,” said Beau, adding non-compliance would result in a heavy fine.

“Also a very important thing that has been in place in France for many years is the help given to women for kindergarten so if women wish to do so they can go back to work with their kids in care.”

Beau is also a mentor to young women and girls. She says sport is good for women to build confidence “so that they can be stronger in their body and mind since sport is about focusing, training, mindfulness and you benefit from a team”.

On behalf of the National Council of Women, patron Nga Teao-Papatua delivered a presentation of their work and their ongoing concerns for women and girls in the Cook Islands.