The University of Orléans raises awareness about violence against women

On the occasion of the day of the fight against violence against women,University of Orleans and its unit dedicated to equality and quality of life at work intervenes in Bouillon with a very beautiful photographic exhibition, GO WOMEN, produced by Amandine Leroy. This event is part of the cell’s long-term work on campus.

By Bernard Cassatt

Amandine Leroy in front of some photos of her in the hall of Le Bouillon. Photo BC

In 2017, the University of Orléans created a cell dedicated to violence and equality, before a law made it mandatory. Didier Chavrierthe vice president of the University delegated to this unit, remembers that “About thirty problems are reported to us a year. They can range from assaults, sexual or otherwise, between students or not, to problems students face in their families. In function, we offer several types of support, psychological, medical and legal. Filing a complaint, for example, a very cumbersome process, is best experienced after preparation. » For the legal pursuit, the University is also assisted by the association whose specialty is this, France Victim 45for example.

But the cell also places an important activity in information, that is, in prevention. On several levels. It trains staff present in all branches of the University, teachers but also canteen, library, sports staff, etc. And he carries out awareness-raising actions with students through various posters or animations. Last week, for example, a theatrical action came to the amphitheater, after hours. The public was there, so the scope of this type of intervention is very large.

GO WOMEN, subtle pictures about violence

And of course, November 25, the international day for the fight against violence against women, is an opportunity to display a photo exhibition surrounded by awareness panels in the hall of Bouillon, the theater on campus. Didier Chavrier called on the work of Amandine Leroy, a young photographer from Clermont-Ferrand. She had already taken this series of sober black-and-white photos for her city hall, playing magnificently in the gray of her models’ skin, all her friends. Since she experienced traumatic violence, she wanted to address this topic in this exhibition, which she called GO GRA. On the naked but modest bodies, she writes sentences, slogans. And it carries.

A sequence in virtual reality experienced by visitors. Photo BC

A virtual reality workshop complements this exhibition. With a special mask, headphones and a shoe, you literally live a sequence that combines some sexual violence. Not necessarily physical, even if it goes that far. But in the reflections, the language, the “word games” that actually go too far in the denial of the other and in the intolerance that becomes slanderous. This very topical technique hits hard as the spectator is involved. In addition, the panels recall the legal bases of tolerance. With interesting tools, including a “violence meter”, a kind of violence progression scale.

This exhibition goes beyond just November 25. It will remain in Bouillon until December 2 and then circulate to the satellites of the University of Orleans.

And many more cell interventions will be done until the holidays. Although academic, they definitely appeal to all who are interested. The entire program on the site https://www.univ-orleans.fr/fr/univ/universite/egalite-diversite/agenda-egalite-diversite

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