Women's Rights and Government Spokesperson, France
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was born on October 4, 1977 in Beni Chiker, Morocco.
She serves as Minister for Women’s Rights and spokesperson of the government since May 16, 2012.
In 2008, she became General Councilor, Rhône, and Community Counselor for the Urban Community of Lyon. From 2008 to 2012 she served as Deputy Mayor of Lyon, in charge of the organisation of events, Youth and Community organisations. From 2004 to 2008 she served as Regional Councilor, Rhône-Alpes, Vice-President in charge of cultural issues.
Ms. Vallaud-Belkacem taught political prospective at the Paris Institute of Political Studies from 2009 to 2011. She worked for a year as an aide to Congresswoman Béatrice Marre. In 2003, she entered the Office of Mr. Gérard Collomb, Mayor of Lyon (third largest city of France). During five years, she served as project manager in charge of local democracy, fight against discriminations, citizens’ rights, and access to employment and housing. She was assistant lawyer at a legal practice for the Conseil d’Etat, the French supreme court for administrative justice, from 2000 to 2002. Since 2005 she has been a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Party and member of the National Board of the Socialist Party in charge of societal issues from 2009 to 2012. She supports a more inclusive European Union and was appointed Vice-President of the European Movement, a transnational think-tank that promotes European integration. She holds a B.A in Public Law. She graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2000.
Ms. Vallaud-Belkacem has written the following publications: Raison de plus in 2012 (All the more a reason); Réagissez ! Répondre au FN de A à Z in 2011 (React ! How to respond to the National Front); Pluralité visible et égalités des opportunités in 2010 (Plurality, diversity, and equality of opportunities).
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