Running for women rights

Last Tuesday,on December 4, 248 teams registered for the relay race which took place in Paris’s Grand Palais. Some ran dressed as monkeys, unicorns or mermaids, while many others sported purple to symbolize the fight against gender-based violence.

Sara Saidi
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Why this story matters:

It was the third time this night-time relay race was organized by the Fondation des Femmes in order to raise funds for women's rights. 

While funds were being raised to fight serious issues like domestic violence and female circumcision, the atmosphere was far from grim.

Instead of batons, runners -- some dressed in ludicrous costumes -- were carrying objects like a banana, an inflatable unicorn and even a giant vulva.

The organizers expected 150 teams, but 248 showed up. Anne-Cécile Mailfert, presidente of the Fondation des Femmes, believes this turn-out shows "an unprecedented enthusiasm, which shows a real awareness in our society, and a desire to act against gender-based violence."

Details from the story:

  • The event’s goal is to raise funds for women rights. 
  • 212,000 euros were raised in total.
  • Teams were competing against one another to raise as much money as possible for women's organizations. The winning team -- the Young Lawyers' Union -- raised 6,140 euros. 
  • Last year the event allowed to fund almost 20 different projects such as a campaign to fight female circumcision or to support female immigrants.


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