This Friday, November 3, 2017 a major event took place in Paris: TEDxWomenChampsElyséesWomen. Around 2000 people ― Women & Men ― gathered in Salle Pleyel, the legendary concert hall located just a few steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, and listened to inspiring talks. The theme of this 4th edition was ‘Our public spaces for equality’ and #EQUALIciTY was the motto of the event.
What about you? Have you ever thought about what you could do to bring more equality in your home, in the city or in the internet?

 

The Paris for Her community is deeply engaged in the subject and several members have volunteered their time to help with the organization of the event. Thus, Claudia Garcia, Arzu Gedikli Belhaoues, Koun Vannaxay, Elodie Robin, Anaïs Villemagne, and myself, Alice Enée put our expertise and enthusiasm at the service of this event, which is in line with Paris for Her  values. Nadia Soufi, founder of Paris for Her, was member of the Leadership and Coordination team. Some of our wonderful members, i.e. Yasmine Lesire (Brussels for Her ambassador) and Boulomsouk Svadphaiphane were delighted to attend this TEDx event.

 

TEDxWomenChampsElysées Pictures Credit: Olivier Erzatti

Pictures Credit: Olivier Erzatti

 

100% of the talks were in French. So here are some quotes I picked and translated for you during the conference:

 

Harassment

Marion Seclin

Marion Seclin

 

“I’m a French champion of … cyber-harassment” Marion Seclin @Ellemady

 

 

Fatima Ezzahra Ben-Omar

Fatima Ezzahra Ben-Omar

 

“When you learn to shut up in the street, you learn to shut up later at work, at home…” Fatima Ezzahra Ben-Omar @fatem83

 

Homelessness

Claire Lajeunie

Claire Lajeunie

 

“In Paris, homeless women would be 7,000… Yet nobody sees them, nobody notices them. They are invisible.” Claire Lajeunie

 

Politics and Civil rights

Marie Treppoz

Marie Treppoz

 

“When she trusts herself, a woman is able to commit herself to the public space” Marie Treppoz @maricuicui

 

 

 

The evening began with a fashion show and ended with a very energetic dance to Queen’s song “Don’t stop me now”. The conclusion was positive, with the manifest wish of improving equality between men and women.

 

TEDxWomenChampsElysées

“Don’t stop me now” dance. Picture Credit: Olivier Erzatti

 

There have been significant steps forward in the history of the world but nothing can be taken for granted. We must continue our efforts to make ourselves heard and understood.

 

Thank you for reading me!

 

About Paris for Her‘s contributor, Alice ENEE

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