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A tribute to Marie-Claude Vayssade, former President of la CLEF

It is with great sadness that EWL learned of the passing of Marie-Claude Vayssade on 11 November in France. Marie-Claude Vayssade was one of the first Presidents of la CLEF, EWL’s National Coordination in France, from 1994 to 2000, after having served as a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1994. Below we translate a tribute to Marie-Claude Vayssade written by Monique Dental, president of the Réseau Féministe «Ruptures», a member organisation of la CLEF.

You can read the original in French below or on la CLEF’s website here.

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[Translated from French] It is with sadness that we learned of the loss of Marie-Claude Vayssade, who passed away on 11 November in her 85th year. She was president of the CLEF from 1994 to 2000.

As a civil society leader from the age of 22, she entered into politics at a young age. Her activism got her involved in different fields, from the civil society sector to social economy, citizens’ rights and women’s rights.

Marie-Claude Vayssade took part in the World Conferences on Women of Nairobi in 1085 and of Beijing in 1995. She combined her feminist activism with her European commitment, with the firm conviction that the European community was a good ladder to ensure the advancement of women’s rights. As a member of the Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste), she was elected Member of the European Parliament. During her mandate, among other things, she defended a resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty in the European Union. We also owe to her the creation of the EU Committee on Women’s Right, which she was intrumental in establishing with the support of Yvette Roudy and under the presidency of Simone Veil. Marie-Claude received the Women of Europe prize in 2000.

All those who knew her remember her as a woman with deep human qualities, always measured but tough in defending the causes she believed to be just.

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[This article appeared on la CLEF’s website here]

C’est avec émotion que nous avons appris la disparition, de Marie-Claude Vayssade, survenue le 11 novembre dans sa 85ème année. Elle a été présidente de la CLEF de 1994 à 2000.

Responsable associative dès l’âge de 22 ans, elle entre jeune en politique, son parcours militant l’a vu s’engager dans des domaines de la vie associative, de l’économie sociale, des droits des citoyens.nes et aussi des droits des femmes.

Marie-Claude Vayssade a participé aux conférences mondiales de Nairobi en 1985 et de Pékin en 1995. Elle a conjugué son militantisme féministe avec son engagement européen, avec la ferme conviction que la communauté Européenne est une bonne échelle pour faire avancer les droits des femmes. Membre du Parti Socialiste, elle sera élue députée européenne. Durant son mandat, elle défendra notamment une résolution relative à l’abolition de la peine de mort dans l’Union européenne. Nous lui devons également la création de la commission droits de la femme qu’elle a obtenue, avec le soutien d’Yvette Roudy, sous la présidence de Simone Veil. Elle a reçu le prix Femmes d’Europe en 2000.

Celles et ceux qui l’ont connue en gardent le souvenir d’une femme aux profondes qualités humaines, toujours mesurée mais pugnace dans la défense des causes qu’elle croyait juste.

Rédigé par Monique Dental, présidente du Réseau Féministe « Ruptures », membre de la CLEF.

See full article here: https://www.clef-femmes.fr/2020/11/19/femmage-a-marie-claude-vayssade/

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