This House of Equality, designed to address young people, women and men, is the first of its kind opened in New Aquitaine. “It is also the only one that is directly supported by the community,” explains Isabelle Gireaud, deputy mayor in charge of social action and vice president of CCAS. This elected official has done the job 3 years on this project estimated at almost 100,000 euros. “We set out to create a women’s center. But we must move forward together, not apart. That is why we created this House of Gender Equality. There are very few of them in France,” he enthusiastically explains.
CCAS volunteers now have regular working hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in these common areas, which have been renovated by the municipality. Young people in the civil service could also be engaged to intensify the activity. This 80 m2 “resource place” offers space for discussion and can host exhibitions or conferences. The House of Gender Equality already offers a reading workshop led by a theater teacher and a writing workshop led by a public writer. Idea? Free up the participants’ speech by giving them the opportunity to express themselves differently, says Isabelle Gireaud.