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Princess Beatrice holds bilateral meetings with international dignitaries in Paris

Princess Beatrice of York held a series of bilateral meetings in Paris on Friday as part of a series of events at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Her Royal Highness also gave a speech at the OECD to celebrate the launch of the Social Institutions and Gender Index Report 2019 (SIGI).

The SIGI Report provides policy recommendations aimed to help governments deliver on their gender equality commitments.

In her keynote address at the OECD, Princess Beatrice said: “With the SIGI Report we are better informed as to how we can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

She continued: “We have to have the will to create whole-of-society, collaborative and integrated responses to make sure that half of us are not held back or left behind.”

Later in the day, Her Royal Highness held a series of bilateral talks with a range of dignitaries who had gathered in Paris.

Among those she spoke to included the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, the British Ambassador to the OECD, Christopher Sharrock, and OECD Chief of Staff, Gabriela Ilian Ramos.

The newly launched SIGI report, covering 180 countries, has found that 33% of women worldwide have been victims of domestic abuse.

However, in more positive news, the report shows that social acceptance of domestic violence is decreasing. The share of women who say domestic violence is acceptable in certain circumstances has dropped from 50% in 2012 to 37% in 2014 and 27% in 2018.

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