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Defend Yourself: Spring Workshops and Meetings

Last fall, we took advantage of Collectif Marthe's presence at our festival with their excellent show “Tiens ta garde” (Keep Your Guard Up) to initiate the first “Defend yourself” activities: a thematic thread to explore the different sides of feminist self-defence.

This spring, together with our partners, we are proposing a new series of meetings and workshops to continue diving into this vast and exhilarating field. The programme will in particular focus on the issues specific to two communities: women over 50, and deaf and hard of hearing people.

Activities will take place in different forms, either in a mixed group or chosen mixity, depending on the content.


Friday 22 April 2022
For Feminist Self-defence: Meet Mathilde Blézat

French journalist and author, Mathilde Blézat publishes in 2022 “For Feminist Self-Defense”: a survey of women who participate in self-defence courses. Young or older, able-bodied or disabled, working class or richer, targeted by racism or not.

Saturday 23 April 2022
Workshop for deaf and hard of hearing women with Mathilde Blézat

A space for sharing experiences and resources to defend oneself on a daily basis, led by Mathilde Blézat – half-deaf oralist – in oral French and accessible in French Belgian Sign Language.

  • At the Cafétéria Collective Kali (Liège), from 10:00 to 12:30. 
    Info & Registration (in Frencch & LSFB)

Monday 16 and Tuesday 24 May 2022
Self-defence workshop for women over 50

A two-day course led by the CVFE (collective against domestic violence) following the Seito Boei method (legitimate self-defence of women) combining technique, information and exchanges.

  • At the Espace George Truffaut (Droixhe), from 10:00 to 16:30. 
    Info & Registration (in French)

Saturday 4 June 2022
Self-defence workshop for deaf and hard of hearing women.

A workshop led by the non-profit association Garance focusing on response to (micro-)aggressions, in public or in the private space, and to establish prevention strategies.