A poster from the northern feminist collective La Drache.


C. Ruiz / 20 Minutes

  • A feminist collective called "La Drache" campaigns for women and minorities.

  • It was created in September 2020 to fight against feminicides.

  • The members of La Drache stick up slogans and posters to reclaim public space.

“My outfit is not an invitation”.

These are the words that Imo and Charli chose on Friday.

Militants for the feminist collective of La Drache, the two young people stick slogans to reclaim public space.

This international movement, first born to do justice to victims of femicide, then spread to the defense of minorities in general.

20 Minutes 

followed members of the collective during a collage operation in Loos, near Lille.

Formed in September 2020, this collective usually went out around 10 p.m. and returned around 4 a.m.

But today, because of the curfew, members can no longer afford it.

The group now sticks during the day, on free billboards.

Even with this mode of action, perfectly legal, Imo and Charli get accosted.

An educational and inclusive group

"I look, I read" is justified a man who stops his truck near us.

The message “Women at the front, 98% nurses” seems to be a problem for him.

“It's a woman's job,” he laughs.

Do you want to come with us ?

We're in the building.

The worker is clearly "off the mark," according to 28-year-old Imo.

"We simply want to revalue these so-called feminine professions, not to devalue others".

feminist collective La Drache in a collage operation in Lille.

- C. Ruiz / 20 Minutes

The group does not just denounce sexist behavior.

Educational and inclusive, he sticks messages of support for minorities and definitions of terms like “sorority”.

Imo, who co-founded the group, comes from a small village.

If there is starting to be real awareness in the big cities, this is less the case in the countryside according to her.

"People are not informed and everything they know about life comes through the prism of television", regrets Imo.

For the collective, which chooses to address a rural audience, the difficulties are more numerous.

"I am so angry by what happens to us on a daily basis"

While sticking, Charli, 23, explains his presence within the collective “I am so angry with what happens to us on a daily basis.

It is a way of acting, at my small level ”.

It is true that the activists of the collective are few.

They were most active when their activities were done at night.

There was no problem with the scheduling.

Imo remembers a time when the collective was full.

That evening, they had stuck on a wall near a busy place.

Lookouts had warned them that a man was driving past the wall for the second time.

He had gone to seek reinforcement.

That night, they were finally forced to take everything off, intimidated by two individuals who had threatened to call the police.

"It bothers them that we exist as women in the street at 2 am without going from point A to point B," concludes Imo.

As we pass through a place where the collective has already stuck, Charli exclaims: "Ah, that's when the lady told us" that's good, continue what you're doing! "


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