Nadssira exhibits a giant smile as she will get on her bike. The prospect of going via the Bâtes district to the Louis-Philippe Park, to experience the small paths, within the firm of your youngsters, is an actual pleasure. This forty-year-old mom admits: “I had by no means ridden a bicycle in my life. It is extremely nice, we now have a sense of freedom and on the similar time we do sports activities”.
An affiliation that could be very dedicated to the struggle towards home violence
Nassira is one in all about twenty ladies who’ve attended the mobility workshops initiated from right here and elsewhere by the Afida-Girls affiliation, in collaboration with Ufolep, which lends bicycles and makes out there to its sports activities lecturers.
Educating ladies from working-class neighborhoods to cycle and likewise introducing youngsters is not only an exercise within the vary of this affiliation, which was born in Dreux greater than twenty years in the past. It’s a actual social difficulty and a dedication in step with the logic of this affiliation that has all the time campaigned for girls’s autonomy.
Nora Husson, president of Afida.
“An affiliation has to evolve, it has to adapt to adjustments in society. If it stays mounted, it not meets the wants of the general public. Nonetheless, in the mean time the difficulty of sustainable growth is central. That’s the reason we’re taking this flip. “
Nora Husson (President of the Afida affiliation)
The bike matches completely into the logic of Nora Husson and Suson Broussard, the president and secretary of the affiliation: “For ladies, it’s the alternative to be extra cell with out having to get a driver’s license and purchase a automotive. . It additionally goes within the course of historical past to develop smooth mobility”.
For Nassira, biking is a discovery and he or she plans to purchase bikes for the entire household. “On the Bon Coin there are some that aren’t too costly! For her, who travels between her residence and the youngsters’s faculty 4 occasions a day, the bicycle is an actual liberation.
For Mina it’s a actual life changer. The younger lady works in Paris and comes again late: onerous to search out buses to return to her neighborhood from the station. The bicycle is subsequently a helpful time saver. Khadija Laazizi, animator on the affiliation, mentions the chance for Mina “to lease an electrical bicycle made out there by the group on the station earlier than continuing with a purchase order”.
It’s Khadija Laazizi who’s on the helm of this DIY workshop: no drill, no drill, no screwdriver, don’t have any secrets and techniques from her. No surprise some fifty ladies did not hesitate to step over the brink of the DIY and makeover workshop this yr.
Right here too, the goal is to present ladies extra autonomy: “Assembling a shelf your self, repairing a small piece of furnishings as an alternative of shopping for a brand new one, saves cash nevertheless it additionally provides you confidence.”
“We all know that the ecological transition is essential for probably the most weak folks. They’re the primary to undergo from rising vitality prices, experiencing mobility issues… By giving ladies the chance to journey by bicycle, recycle furnishings or clothes , let’s make them autonomous and higher handle the household funds.”
Nora Husson (President of the Afida affiliation)
Khadija smiles when she thinks again to this group of girls who “fully revamped a totally light dressing desk. He ended up within the room of somewhat lady who was overjoyed to obtain such a lovely current. They rescued a bit of furnishings that would have ended up within the dump. They made a toddler blissful with out breaking the financial institution or shopping for furnishings that would have been made on the opposite aspect of the world.”
Les Bâtes and his youngsters exhibit at L’Echo Républicain
Some have interaction in bold DIY initiatives, others with less complicated initiatives, similar to making a easy body to brighten their interiors. Saliha Hademine fondly remembers a “lady who found felt-tip pens and made a really lovely rainbow primer”.
The stitching workshop
Lastly, let’s break via the door of the stitching room with Aycha. Stitching invariably evokes the socio-cultural facilities of the Nineteen Seventies. Outdated for some time, they got here again in pressure with the concept of ”doing it your self” and recycling previous garments as an alternative of shopping for T-shirts for 3 cents made by exploited youngsters or political prisoners in Asia…
“Since 1995, all of the affiliation’s actions have been centered on the will to present again their autonomy to ladies. We’re on the assembly level of historical past, of the evolution of society. We’re always adapting with an thought: to permit ladies to step out of the logic of social help.”
Nora Husson (president of the affiliation)
The Monday and Thursday workshops are full each week. In these classes, the seamstresses recycle many materials to make new creations. Suson Broussard plans to launch a line of recycled material baggage within the colours of the affiliation. A undertaking to provide stage costumes for native corporations is within the works. A solution to make new connections. This time between artists and ladies from right here and elsewhere. Girls who by no means cease using the paths of the longer term.