Pia and Sara attended the festival at Abbaye Neimënster to close the International Women's Day festivities
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A feminist and cultural festival hosted at Abbaye Neimënster on Sunday marked the end of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations in Luxembourg.
Photo: LaLa La Photo
It was a lighter postscript to the more politically charged “Women at work for equality” event on 8 March, organised by the International Women’s Day platform (Plateforme JIF) in Place d’Armes.
“The different member associations of the Plateforme JIF get together and carry out two separate events each year to celebrate IWD,” Anik Raskin, of Luxembourg’s national women's council (CNFL) explained, adding: “On 8 March, we have a purely political event and on the following Sunday, there’s the more recreational feminist and cultural festival where we have a mix of cultural programmes, games and workshops.”
This year, the festival had a myriad of activities to choose from: concerts, film screenings, story-reading sessions, skate-boarding and self-defence workshops, to name a few. The ambience was that of an informal garden party with its afternoon tea spread, friendly buzz and visitors eager to participate in the festivities.
A board game based on gender stereotypes was one of the fun attractions of the afternoon. Designed by scientists at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, the game had players of all ages respond to questions on gender roles and then had the answers matched with actual research results. “The questions are the most interesting bit… I like how the real responses catch you by surprise at the end,” eight-year-old participant Emile told Delano.
On the more serious side, Liser also organised a round-table discussion on the theme of “precariousness of women in Luxembourg”. Speakers, including Anik Raskin of the CNFL, Martine Bretz of the Centre for Women, Families and Single Parent Families and Marie-Anne Rodesch, ex-chairperson of Bettembourg’s social welfare office, discussed the current situation of women living in underprivileged conditions in the country, risk factors leading to such conditions and the available support structure.
“The situation has been evolving for some time now. We have seen partial changes in Luxembourg’s policies towards women since the beginning of our movement seven years back. But it’s still far from where we’d want us to be”, Raskin said on 11 March, adding: “It’s already time to gear up for next year’s programme.”