The roles of women in France have changed throughout history. In , French women obtained women's suffrage. As in other Western countries, the role of women underwent many social and legal changes in the s and s. French feminism , which has its origins in the French Revolution , has been quite influential in the 20th century with regard to abstract ideology, especially through the writings of Simone de Beauvoir. The traditional role of women in French society involves domestic duties such as housekeeping, preparation of meals in the customary fashion that involves a "succession of courses eaten one at a time", child rearing, harvesting of crops, and tending to farm animals.
On International Youth Day, UN Women is highlighting the voices of young people as they strive toward a more just, equal and sustainable world. Alexandra Tomasevic, 25, is an aspiring journalist, a literature student in Belgrade, Serbia, and she has cerebral palsy. Tomasevic has advocated for children and youth with disabilities since she was a young girl.
More than million girls and women around the world have undergone female sexual mutilation. In , some million women did not have access to contraception. Some 22 million induced abortions are performed every year in unsafe conditions, principally in developing countries, and are the cause of 50, deaths of women per year.