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Five Reasons Not to Miss the Gender Equality Festival in Sibiu

afis web-01The Gender Equality Festival is not just one of many festivals: it is unique, educational, non-formal and promotes social change for women, men, children and most of all youth. Come and find out what would take for Sibiu to become a more “gender-friendly” city! Here are five events which highly recommend our Festival.

Newspaper Theatre: Debate and Role-play starting from newspapers

This summer, many of us have followed the rape case in Vaslui, as presented by mass-media. But how can we build our own opinion? And what happens there in the local community after the camera is turned off and the last journalist leaves? This workshop aims at encouraging the participants’ critical thinking, as well as their empathy, starting from the articles published by mass-media. The participants will have the occasion to join the debate and analyse things from the perspective of the journalists, as well as from that of the people involved in the case. Thursday, October 1st, 18:00, Habitus Bookshop

The Vagina Monologues, after Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler’s original text is based on interviews with over 120 women who talked about the violence they went through, but also about what made them stronger and what helped to heal their feelings of shame. The Vagina Monologues is an attempt to shake off of the perception that women’s bodies are dirty and shameful. It generated one of the largest global movements aiming at combating violence against women: V-Day, followed by 1 Billion Rising. Performances based on this text are staged in over 140 countries. Some of the actresses that have played the part are Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close și Susan Sarandon. The play in our festival is played by three actresses known by the audience in Sibiu from the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre performances: Serenela Mureșan, Cristina Ragos and Codruța Vasiu. Thursday, October 1st, 20:00, Atrium Café, Birstro& Art, Sibiu

Forum Theatre

Forum theatre is a form of educative theatre conceived by Augusto Boal with the aim to promote societal change. This year’s performance presents the sad destiny of a teenage girl in a world full of misconceptions and fixed forms. Her story can be the story of any young person that is vulnerable to social stigmatization. Forum theatre gives spectators the opportunity to repair stereotypical mistakes and, why not, to become actors. It is a challenge for the courageous, but also for those who love the unconventional. Friday, October 2nd, 14:00, Geea Caffee Sibiu

Educative Activities for Children and Parents: The Pink-Blue World

Many of us pass on stereotypes and fears to our children. We don’t want boys to be too weak, so we buy them guns and cars. We don’t want girls to tomboys, so we buy them princesses and cooking sets. Girl’s and boy’s games become gradually segregated and often endow them with diverging skills and attitudes. Do childhood games have anything to do with the battle of the sexes? Could we introduce gender equality in our children’s lives by paying attention to their games or their toys? This workshop will provide parents and children with an opportunity to play and analyse why they make certain choices and what the consequences of these choices are in the long run. Saturday, October 3rd, 11:00, Erasmus Buechercafe.

Film Projection: Brave Miss World

The film presents the drama of Miss World Israel 1998. Declared the most beautiful woman in the world, Linor Abargil went through a traumatizing experience no less than two months before she was crowned Miss World. She was kidnapped and raped in Milano, Italy by her agent. Ten years later, she is ready to talk about what happened and encourages other people to tell their stories. As a representative of sexual violence victims, Linor encourages the fight against sexual violence, urging us to break the silence and take attitude in such situations. Saturday, October 3rd, 18:00, Habitus Bookshop

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Gender Equality Festival in Sibiu, one gender friendly city

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Sibiu is known as a city of festivals. While most festivals have a cultural or a commercial purpose,  Gender Equality Festival has a special character as an educational festival, which promotes social change. The main goal is in developing new attitudes and behaviors, especially among young people. Our activities are based on non-formal education methods and the entry is free. This year’s theme is “Sibiu – one gender-friendly city”

The Gender Equality Festival is an awareness campaign organized annually by A.L.E.G. This year we draw attention to gender violence, caused by our prejudices and stereotypes because we learned to see the world this way.  We suggest to look at every situation through this gender glasses (with the two lenses, one pink and one blue which added together can help us see the whole picture in our everyday life) . A woman is more than a skirt as a man is more than his force, and gender equality is a better perspective then feminism.

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Feminism is the movement which emancipates men and includes a simple equation that does not seek reversal of the power balance, but an equilibrium between forces.  And to reach this balance we need men who can’t find justification for violence produced by other men against women and instead we are looking for men who raise their children with the message that real men do not abuse and never find justifications for abuse. A.L.E.G. calls upon the citizens of Sibiu and its partners to change perceptions within the Gender Equality Festival, showing that Sibiu is a gender friendly city that can break the patterns that can emerge from gender violence by interacting in peer.

Our festival is co-financed by the City Council and the Municipality of Sibiu Sibiu, Global Fund for Women and the European Union through the support of the Association Daphne. We want to thank  Ille et Vilaine Sibiu, Habitus Library, Israel Embassy in Romania, Geea Caffe, Erasmus Library, Atrium Cafe, Bistro & Art. Media partner: Days and Nights. Sponsor: Simpa


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