Ni Putes ni Soumises
A cry of anger was launched in 2003 to say no to the degradation of the constant and unacceptable living conditions that girls face in France in general and in their neighborhoods in particular. This cry is the fight for freedom and emancipation of all, to live together and democracy: Neither whores nor submissive.
How to tolerate that in the twenty-first century, Sohane or Chahrazad are burned alive by a boy in the heart of their neighborhood? How can they accept that Ghofrane be killed by stones in a wasteland in Marseille? What more can be said about all those brides forced or threatened with marriage whom they welcome into their offices? Remember also the courage and the wonderful lesson of love and hope that gave them Samira Bellil who had testified in a book poignant collective rapes she had suffered.
IN THE FIELD
Since 2003, they have broken the silence on the living conditions of their fellow citizens in working-class neighborhoods that are struggling with precariousness and discrimination. They alert, support and denounce in order never to yield to omerta.
The Association is today made up of a team of employees, volunteers and activists divided between the headquarters in Paris and the various committees in the regions and abroad.
In order to best defend the fundamental rights of women, the Movement created the Platform in its Paris premises; one of the pillars of the Association since its foundation. This anonymous, free reception center helps hundreds of women victims of violence each year. It is composed of a social worker and a full-time lawyer, as well as a psychologist who intervenes punctually.
NPNS also places education at the center of its priorities by organizing school-based interventions for middle and high school students. These interventions help to prevent violence and to raise awareness of respect from an early age. NPNS teams provoke debate and break taboos about girls-boys relationships, homophobia, racism, religion, etc.
ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
At a time of globalization, their struggle is taking place here and elsewhere, since women are the first victims of the withdrawal of identity and cultural relativism, which has resulted in a frightening rise of obscurantism.
It is this courageous and difficult struggle for the emancipation of all women that Ni Putes Ni Soumises intends to take with her body, with strength and without compromise. Their local committees abroad and the many meetings with feminists from all over the world prove to us if it was necessary to act urgently.
Neither Whores nor Submissive has constituted a solid network of international feminists. In Pakistan, with Nilofar Bakhtiar, a former Minister, in Africa, and particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo or in Canada or Europe. Finally, Ni Putes Ni Soumises is represented by international committees, particularly in Sweden, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland.
They are now alongside the women of the Arab revolutions, tomorrow they will engage in other regions of the world always serving the same ideals.
In addition, since 2007, Ni Putes Ni Soumises regularly publishes reports that they transmit to international bodies. This consultative title is for them a tool that allows them to weigh at the state level so that the emancipation of women is a prerequisite for all and a condition for any international relationship.See more