Journée des Femmes

International Women’s Day 2018 will be held on Wednesday 7th March, with activities taking place 5th-11th March.

In England, 2018 marks the centenary of the Representaion of the People Act, when (certain) women won the right to vote for the first time. One hundred years on and the World Economic Forum predicts that gender parity is still over 200 years away!

There have been several important international gender equality movements over recent months, including #MeToo and #TimesUp. Although these campaigns gave an indication of the worrying extent of the problem, they also showed the huge global support for finding a solution.

As the International Women’s Day group says, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to #PressforProgress.

With many events across the region, now is your chance to be a leader within your own sphere and participate in purposeful collaboration to enhance the roles and rights of women around the world.


Monday 5thSchools across the regionFilles-Garçons, Demain nous appartient. Theatre production and discussion aimed at engaging young audiences on the themes of gender equality, sexual violence, sexism, consent and online safety.
Monday 5th 2pmMaison Social de Proximité Perpignan NordFrida. Film screening and debate of the life and works of the Mexican artist that fought so hard for gender equality. Free entry.
Tuesday 6th 3pmMaison Social de Proximité ConflentContraception: tout SEXplique. Opening of exhibition by French family planning association with the aim of opening a dialogue on contraception and abortion. Exhibition open 5th – 11th 9am – 12pm / 2pm – 5pm.
Tuesday 6thSchools across the regionRapports Filles-Garçons. School activities aimed at preventing gender related violence.
Wednesday 7thInternationalInternational Women’s Day & Day Against Gender Stereotypes
Wednesday 7th 10amPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanContes à Rebours. An anti-sexism rewriting of classic faerytales, bringing agency to our favourite childhood heroines.
Wednesday 10th 2pmPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanBuzzons contre le sexisme. Launch of video competition, with screenings of short films created by local young people on the theme of sexism. Winner elected by public vote, awards ceremony at 4.15pm.
Wednesday 7th 3.30pmPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanLe Grand Chaperon Rouge. Big Red Riding Hood takes to the stage in an alternative, gender-equal version of the faerytale classic.
Wednesday 7th 7pmPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanContes à rebours. A performance inspired by real accounts and experiences of women fighting for their rights in everyday life.
Thursday 8th 9am – 12pm / 2pm 4.30pmCentre de Formation La Rouatière IUP, PerpignanL’évolution de la place des femmes dans la société. Open day for local associations and linked with gender equality, women’s rights, social and professional inclusion… Conferences, debates and exhibitions.
Thursday 8th 10am – 5pmSalle des Libertés, PerpignanJournée d’information et prévention des AVCs chez les femmes. Stroke is the principal cause of death among women in France. A series of conferences and workshops aim to inform the public on identifying symptoms and finding means of reducing the risk.
Thursday 8th 6pmCafé Pams, PerpignanLa liberté, a-t-elle un sexe? Exchange and discussion of the work of French feminist anthropologist, Françoise Héritier, particularly her time spent in Burkino Faso.
Thursday 8th 6.30pmMaison de la Catalanité, PerpignanAlexandra Kollontaï: La révolution, le féminisme, l’amour et la liberté. Reading and debate on the life and works of the Russian politician and equal rights activist.
Thursday 8th 7pmCentre Culturelle, CabestanyItinéraires de Femmes. Meeting and exchange with women engaged in different domaines: humanitarianism, solidarity, sport, health etc.
Thursday 8th 7.30pmParc des Sports, PerpignanSoirée Handball. Mini tournament for all women over the age of 16.
Friday 9th 2pm / 6.30pmMaison Départementale des Personnes Handicappées / Hôtel du Département, PerpignanPrévention des violences sexuelles contre les femmes. Conference hosted by Emmanuelle Piet, president of the Moth and Child Protection & Feminists against Rape associations. Repeated in different locations for a maximum reach.
Saturday 10th 11amMaison de la Catalanité, PerpignanRésurgence. Opening of photography exhibition with poetry reading on the themes of overcoming childhood violence and the development of the female psyche.
Saturday 10th 1.30pmMaison de la Catalanité, PerpignanL’Agonie de Gaïa. Reading of novel, Strange as this Weather has Been, by American eco-feminist, Ann Pancake.
Saturday 10th 3pmMaison de la CatalanitéEmpow-her. Conference on the eco-feminist movement, empowering women through their connection with nature, based on accounts from indigenous Canadian communities.
Saturday 10th 8.30pmPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanMicheline. Theatre performance retracing the life of a woman sharing the same destiny as her mother and grandmother before her: exile during La Retirada.
Sunday 11th 4pmPalais des Rois de Majorque, PerpignanLa Puissance Lyrique des Vois des Femmes. Choral performance and conference on the power of women’s voices.
Throughout the weekCabestanyLe Nom des Rues de Femmes Engagées. Discover the stories behind the streets bearing the names of socially and politically engaged women.

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