On September 29th and 30th, a dozen of young women spent two days painting a mural on the building “Le Portique” at the University of Strasbourg. This activity was organised by ALDA in the framework of the Erasmus+ WOM-COM project, whose aim is to use street art to promote intercultural exchange and solidarity among women coming from different backgrounds.

Previously, on 12th May, a graffiti workshop was organized, where twelve young women had the opportunity to learn some graffiti techniques, in preparation for the painting of the mural in autumn. That same month, 5 of them participated in a youth exchange in Croatia as the French ambassadors of the project, along with women from Italy, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Altogether they conceived the visual message of the mural they wanted to paint in their own cities, with the objective of addressing gender-related issues that women have to face in their local context.
The idea for the mural of Strasbourg was to paint a phrase from Rousseau “Women observe, men reason” and, on top of it, to write names of women that have had an important role in history and nowadays. As the names of brilliant women were covering the phrase, it showed the disagreement of the painters with the quote from Rousseau. Next to it, a phrase that delivers a positive message about women: “a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”, by Gloria Steinem. Under and around the quote, more names of feminist women. Some of the women that have been represented on the wall are: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Rupi Kaur… During the whole process, the participants were helped by professionals from the association L’Atelier du Club, and assisted by ALDA staff.
With the purpose of inaugurating this mural, and in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, ALDA Strasbourg will host an evening dedicated to concerts of women bands. A short movie realized in the framework of the project will also be displayed, fostering reflexions and debates among participants.

On September 29th and 30th, a dozen of young women spent two days painting a mural on the building “Le Portique” at the University of Strasbourg. This activity was organised by ALDA in the framework of the Erasmus+ WOM-COM project, whose aim is to use street art to promote intercultural exchange and solidarity among women coming from different backgrounds.

Previously, on 12th May, a graffiti workshop was organized, where twelve young women had the opportunity to learn some graffiti techniques, in preparation for the painting of the mural in autumn. That same month, 5 of them participated in a youth exchange in Croatia as the French ambassadors of the project, along with women from Italy, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Altogether they conceived the visual message of the mural they wanted to paint in their own cities, with the objective of addressing gender-related issues that women have to face in their local context.
The idea for the mural of Strasbourg was to paint a phrase from Rousseau “Women observe, men reason” and, on top of it, to write names of women that have had an important role in history and nowadays. As the names of brilliant women were covering the phrase, it showed the disagreement of the painters with the quote from Rousseau. Next to it, a phrase that delivers a positive message about women: “a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”, by Gloria Steinem. Under and around the quote, more names of feminist women. Some of the women that have been represented on the wall are: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Rupi Kaur… During the whole process, the participants were helped by professionals from the association L’Atelier du Club, and assisted by ALDA staff.
With the purpose of inaugurating this mural, and in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, ALDA Strasbourg will host an evening dedicated to concerts of women bands. A short movie realized in the framework of the project will also be displayed, fostering reflexions and debates among participants.