Wednesday, 8 september 2010


8.30am - 4.30pm : Itineraries

Itinerary 1 : Women running companies in Roche-Plate

Remote and isolated, Roche-Plate is village near Saint-Joseph. In recent years, this remote hamlet, situated in the middle of the Rivière des Remparts has come alive once more, thanks to public and private initiatives aimed at setting up an eco-village.

In 1965, the village was emptied of its inhabitants in a single night following a landslide and remained virtually uninhabited for over 20 years.

It was restored in 1987 and was divided up into concessions shared out among a handful of persons with projects who wished to contribute to rebuilding the village where they had been born.

Among these are two very determined women: Jacqueline Morel et Antoinette Duchemann.

  • 7 am
    • Site du Concassage (Quarry car-park) Goyaves, St Joseph : Transport by small bus then start of walk accompanied by medium altitude mountain guides along the river-bed of the Rivière des Remparts
  • 10 - 11.15am
    • Presentation and debate
      • “Being a woman in a remote village”, led by Patrick PÉGOUD (Office National des Forêts: National Forestry Commission) and Françoise BAPTISTE (AREF Association Rodrigues Entreprendre au Féminin : Women Running Companies)
    • Presentations of personal experience:
      • Jacqueline MOREL and Antoinette DUCHEMAN : “Being a
        woman guesthouse owner in Roche-Plate.”
      • Bako RANAIVOSON (Terre Verte Madagascar) “Women in rural areas of Madgascar : between tradition and modernity.”
  • 11.30 - 12.15
    • Visits of exhibitions :
      • “Roche Plate : Memory and heritage” by the (APA) Association for Promotion of Activity and visit of structure ‘Le Mahavel’
      • “Women in rural areas of Madgascar” by Bako RANAIVOSON
  • 12.15 -2pm
    • Guesthouses of ‘La Rivière des Remparts’ and ‘Le Mahavel’
    • Lunch
  • 2.15pm
    • Food and handicraft workshops using two products :choca
      (American aloe or agave) and vetiver
      • Workshop 1 : Demonstration of roof thatching by Didier
        HOAREAU (FarFar de Bésaves) and Jacques BAUDOIN, president
        of the National Association of Thatchers (A.N.C.C.)
      • Workshop 2 : Using agave in cooking and local prepared rum by A. DUCHEMAN and J. MOREL

Itinerary 2 : Women working in handicrafts and women artists in Entre-Deux

This itinerary, between art and handicraft, will take visitors to Entre-Deux, a remote rural village in the south of Reunion Island, to see various individual and collective projects set up by women.

Traditional skills and know-how have led to original forms of art and handicrafts, using local products specific to Reunion Island.

  • 8.00am
    • Auditorium Harry Payet: Departure for l’Entre Deux
  • 9.30am
    • Visit of the village
  • 10 - 11.15am
    • Presentation-Debate :
      • The Cooperative of activity and employment «Dynamiques
        Services» ;
      • CRES and IRTS ;
      • The Association «Piton Papangues» from Parc à Moutons ;
      • The Association «les Petits Métiers» from Entre-Deux.
  • 11.30am - 12.15pm
    • Workshops of women working in handicrafts
      • Visit of workshops of weavers of pandanus (screw-pine) fibre and agave (American aloes), demonstration of and introduction to embroidery.
      • Presentation of association : ‘Les Petits Métiers’ (Small-scale professional activities)
  • 12.30 - 2.15pm
    • Lunch
  • 2.15 - 3.15pm
    • Presentation : “Women and access to ‘masculine’ professions : a challenge for women working in arts or handicrafts”
    • Personal experience : Setting up a cooperative of women around a project : “Passion for
      a profession.”
  • 3.15 - 4.15pm
    • Visit of exhibitions and talents : committed women and budding women artists

Itinerary 3 : “Wives of ...” in the Deep South

This itinerary, taking you to the Deep South (from Petite-Ile to Saint-Philippe) proposes encounters with wives of...

Declared as not having a profession, they do, however, work with their husbands and contribute to running the home and developing their neighbourhood, their town hall as well as the area where they live.

What future do these women have, what recognition can they expect from today’s society? With their experience and the work they have carried out, what developments and what professional status can they achieve?

  • 8.30am
    • Auditorium Harry Payet : Departure for Saint Philippe
  • 9.30 - 11.15am
    • Presentation and debate :
      “The professional status of women in rural communities.” Topic introduced by Sphie Elizéon, responsible for women’s rights on the island.
    • Personal experience presentations :
      • Wives of farmers
      • An artist’s wife
      • A professional carer
      • A woman farmer
  • 11.15am - 12
    • Visit of vanilla plantation and demonstration of fertilization of vanilla plants by Nathalie LEICHNIG (farmer’s wife)
  • 12 - 2pm
    • Lunch
  • 2 - 2.30pm
    • Presentation :
      “Legislation concerning women’s rights : from gender to governance,” by Sophie Elizeon.
  • 2.30 - 4.30pm
    • Workshop : Processing of products of country and demonstration of cutting sugar-cane by a farmer’s wife.

- Tuesday, 7 september 2010

- Thursday, 9 september 2010



Three topics are proposed for the next European Rural University, which will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2010 in Saint-Joseph :

- Europe at the service of the rural community and its inhabitants,
- Rural professions for women,
- Culture : between heritage and innovation.

16 November 2009