In Nîmes, orange ribbons to eliminate violence against women

An orange ribbon now adorns the balcony of the Hôtel de Ville in Nîmes. The City of Nîmes wanted to mark the occasion ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Awareness activities will take place throughout the week.

At the stroke of 11 a.m., Mylène Mouton unveiled the giant orange ribbon. Orange has been the symbolic color since the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) decided, at the end of 1999, to dedicate the day of November 25 to the elimination of violence against women.

“Putting a symbol of commitment on the facade of the Town Hall is the first time. It’s a strong moment that proves the city’s commitment to this problem and this scourge,” said the municipal councilor in charge of women’s rights.

From right to left: Victorine Serrano (right), Noëlle Biot, Virginie Robert participated in making the orange ribbons. Flores Franck, for the carpentry and Quentin Duvillier, for the painting, created the piece hanging on the balcony of the Hotel de Ville. Photo credit: GGFrom right to left: Victorine Serrano (right), Noëlle Biot, Virginie Robert participated in making the orange ribbons. Flores Franck, for the carpentry and Quentin Duvillier, for the painting, created the piece hanging on the balcony of the Hotel de Ville. Photo credit: GG

Moved, Mylène Mouton honors Jean-Paul Fournier, Mayor of the City, for the creation of the municipal delegation for Women’s Rights, in July 2020, at the start of her fourth term. It is the latter who speaks publicly. “In order to protect all victims of violence, especially women, we must work to provide places where speech is free, where speech and understanding are key words,” he says.

“Like many women, I have suffered violence”

At the beginning of November, the City of Nîmes commissioned its sewing workshop service to make orange ribbons. “From this morning and until November 25, all the agents of the City of Nîmes wear the orange color symbol of this fight”, continues Jean-Paul Fournier.

The mayor of Nîmes took the floor to denounce the violence, particularly that against women. Photo credit: GGThe mayor of Nîmes took the floor to denounce the violence, particularly that against women. Photo credit: GG

Representatives of associations as well as officials were present at this event. Among them, the new public prosecutor in Nîmes, Marie-Françoise Lecaillon.

Anaëlle, in military uniform, represents the 503rd regiment of the Garons train. She explains that the cause of the day is close to her heart. “Like many women, I have suffered violence. People who whistle in the street or people who are a little too alcoholic who allow themselves lightness that normally they should not allow themselves, ”she says.

For the past year, Anaëlle has been the gender referent at the 503rd Train Regiment in Garons. Photo credit: GGFor the past year, Anaëlle has been the gender referent at the 503rd Train Regiment in Garons. Photo credit: GG

She asserts that these scenarios no longer occur today. “I gained self-confidence and realized that this was not normal. Just because someone is drunk doesn’t mean they have the right to do whatever they want. I started to defend myself, in particular by strengthening myself from the point of view of character”.

Awareness and ”self-defense”, it is in this direction, in particular, that the activities will focus throughout the week. On the program: screenings, exhibitions, self-defense lessons, flash mobs and illuminations.

The full program:

“Vivid Day” – from November 21 to 25 – Center social Léon Vergnole from 9 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 4 pm: screening and debate around the short film Vif, Exhibitions and testimonials;

“Zonta says NO” – from November 25 to December 1 – Galerie Jules Salles – in partnership with the Zonta club Nîmes romaine – painting, sculpture and photography. The opportunity also to carry out discussion workshops with college students. Opening November 25 at 11 a.m.;

Illuminations in Orange at the Tour de l’Horloge and the Maison Carrée from 25 to 27 November at 6:45 p.m.;

Spot – Friday 25 November at 2 p.m. – Rue Enclos Rey – Exhibition and testimonials -.

“I am not your punching bag” – start of classes on November 26 – Maison des associations – Self-defense classes offered to women victims of violence by the CIDFF;

– “Tous pour Elles” – Saturday 26 November at 11 am – Place de la Maison Carrée – Flash Mob, in partnership with the Femina Fama Association;

– “Violence, they say no! » – Tuesday, November 29 – Exhibition at the Lycée Voltaire.

In Nîmes, orange ribbons to eliminate violence against women