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.
100% of the talks were in French. So here are some quotes I picked and translated for you during the conference:
“I’m a French champion of … cyber-harassment” Marion Seclin @Ellemady
“When you learn to shut up in the street, you learn to shut up later at work, at home…” Fatima Ezzahra Ben-Omar @fatem83
“In Paris, homeless women would be 7,000… Yet nobody sees them, nobody notices them. They are invisible.” Claire Lajeunie
Politics and Civil rights
“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.
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.
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