An International Women’s Day … but an everyday fight.
Despite the significant achievements made for women condition during the past century, the situation is still far from being sorted out in 2017. Violence, inequality in wages and opportunities, access to education and health, are challenges that still remain for the years to come.
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Kering Foundation sheds a light on the actions of its partners, who are on a daily basis engaged in the field to improve the life of women survivors.
La Maison des Femmes in Saint-Denis (France), is a place of welcome, listening and support where women arbirth control contraception, abortion, cares for female mutilation, rape or physical and psychological violence, the team of La Maison des Femmes offers women the most appropriate care to restore their integrity, freedom and dignity. This house is a concrete response in the fight on violence and discrimination against women.
To celebrate the International Women's Day, La Maison des Femmes is offering to its patients a whole week of activities:
On Tuesday 7, a screening of Ne Dis Rien, a Spanish movie about a woman who triesto break the cycle of domestic violence.
On Wednesday 8, a makeup tutorial in presence of a photographer who will take portraits of the participating women.
On Thursday 9, a computer workshop to teach women the basics of coding, in partnership with simplon.co
On Friday 10, a screening of La vie de Liliana, a documentary on the life of a Romanian woman migrating to France, followed by a discussion with an expert.
Each activity is a way for women to break their routine and do something for themselves.
“At La Maison des Femmes, we believe women's courage and resilience should be celebrated every day of the year, and that is what we want to achieve. “
Excision, Parlons-en! aims to raise awareness, spread regular information and foster the commitment of international and national organizations to abandon Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In France, 3 out of 10 girls, whose parents come from communities where FGM is practiced, are at risk of being cut, mainly during the holiday trips to their native country.
In order to protect these young girls, the Excision, Parlons-en! Association with its partners and members, launches a prevention campaign for teenagers from March to June 2017, including three main tools: a website for teenagers, videos and posters.
Women’s Aid is a UK national domestic abuse charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
Every year, Women’s Aid uses the International Women's Day as an opportunity to raise awareness. This year the association will be using social media to debunk the myths that surround domestic abuse, and call for people to become Women’s Aid Campaign Champions: by giving survivors of domestic violence a voice, they ensure that politicians decision makers are listening. Sign up to be a campaign champion here!
It’s On Us is a cultural movement aiming at shifting the public narrative on sexual assault on American college campuses. It engages a diverse set of partners and collaborates with local leader students to build campaigns that contribute to implement policy change on their campuses.
This International Women's Day, It's On Us is proud to celebrate the progress of female activists working to end sexual assault on campuses and in communities across the United States. It's on all of us to #BeBoldForChange and be a part of the solution to end sexual violence.
If you are in the US, you too can #BeBoldForChange by signing up to host an It's On Us Week of Action event during this April!
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), is fighting domestic violence in the United States. This association offers support to victims of domestic violence and empowers survivors to build new lives.
This year for International Women's Day, NNEDV will be in NYC meeting with the Global Network of Women’s Shelter and for the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
NNEDV will also be hosting their first annual Economic Justice Summit in Detroit. For more information, visitthe event page!
We End Violence provides an innovative model to raise awareness and change behaviors leading to gender-based violence in the US. The organization is committed to creating a culture where it is safe for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories and heal; to change the cultural myths and norms of discrimination; to encourage men to see their role in preventing violence; and to build alliances that will empower more people to speak out.
We End Violence will participate on March 8 to “A Day Without a Woman” to stand in solidarity with @womensmarch.
Established in 2004, HER Fund aims to support marginalized women in Hong Kong through fund raising, grant making, capacity building and public education.
For the International Women's Day, HER Fund is planning a SHERO Night. A SHERO is a woman or a man who supports women's rights. It is thanks to the many SHEROS that it is possible to make changes for the advancement of women rights and gender equity.
This dinner will be held on March 18th to celebrate the achievements of all individuals who have been involved in improving women and girls’ rights.
If you want to support this dinner, please click here!
Launched in 2006, Starfish Project is a social enterprise managed by and for women in Beijing. It is committed to giving hope to exploited women and girls by helping them regain freedom, independence and develop a career though jewelry design and production.
It allows them to change their lives by offering them a roof, a psychological accompaniment with dedicated counseling, and access to training and employment.
For the first time, these women and girls are being celebrated for their accomplishments, and encouraged to imagine they can build a better life.
For the International Women's Day, all Starfish jewelry pieces will be 25% off! Don’t hesitate to buy now, it’s here!
A message on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, the United Nations estimates that 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by 2030.
The main objective of the project is to develop the capacity of BSWA professionals to address a deeper emotional and mental health support to FGM survivors through 4 training sessions curated by The Dahlia Project in order to give them the tools to train at their turn health professionals. As a result, the project helped 645 direct beneficiaries and 2000 indirect beneficiaries.
In the French Seine-Saint-Denis department, The Kering Foundation provides its support to La Maison des Femmes, a unique place offering support and counselling to women victims of violence and Female Genital Mutilation. It is through surgery, psychological, sexological and legal support, speaking groups and long-term following that La Maison des Femmes gives a pragmatic answer to the needs of its patients.
The Kering Foundation also supports the work done by Excision Parlons-En! through the EU on-line Platform “United to end FGM”. Developed alongside 11 associations from 9 European countries, this platform enables professionals from a variety of backgrounds (legal, educational, health, police) to access online trainings in 9 different languages.
The platform will be officially launched in France this Monday 6 February 2017 at 5 pm at the Agence Française de Développement. To register, please click here.
In the context of the Kering Group's partnership with the Cannes Festival and the Women In Motion Talks programme, the Kering Foundation hosted a speaker-event during the 67th edition of the Festival. Four guest experts were invited to join the Talk to discuss the theme of women's rights.
The actress, director and producer Salma Hayek-Pinault opened the debate by addressing the need for a greater corporate awareness of the stakes in the area of women's rights. She mentioned in particular the role of the Kering Foundation and its approach towards fighting violence against women.
Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of the Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, continued the debate by insisting on the part women should play in changing the idealised image assigned to them by the media. The director of the documentary She Objects hoped she could raise the general public's awareness of women's key role in decision-making.
Lisa Azuelos, a French scriptwriter and director, created the association Ensemble contre la Gynophobie (Together against Gynophobia) launched in 2016. “Gynophobia” is a word invented to describe all abuse against women. The Cannes Festival was an opportunity for Lisa Azuelos to reward the winners of the short film contest hosted by her association, which aims to denounce the suffering of women victims. The two actresses Anna Apter and Laura Felpin won the award with an original film shot on Snapchat that mocks misogyny.
Zainab Salbi, a women's rights activist and Iraki-American author, was also one of the guest speakers. The director of the television show Nida’a which airs in 22 countries and aims to provide a place of recognition for Arab women and their successes, emphasized that the issue of violence against women is a societal issue that involves men as well and cannot be solely limited to “a women’s discussion”.
For more information, watch the video of the Talk!