Women’s rights and combating violence

Women’s Quadrathlon: rebuilding through and towards sport

Solidarité Femmes 13 France, France Project supported in 2023


The association is setting up the Quadrathlon program in partnership with the Union nationale des Centres sportifs de Plein Air – UCPA and the Marseille Solutions association. Following the success of the first edition in 2021, the association wishes to renew the program in Marseille in 2022 and duplicate it in Istres in September 2023.

This program uses sport as a means of reappropriating oneself and one’s body, and as a tool to promote the professional integration of women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. The 8-month program includes four sports (climbing, horse-riding, boxing and mountain biking), organized into sports sessions and workshops to discover sports-related professions. These workshops enable the women to discover a new professional sector through visits to training centers, gyms, sports centers and meetings with sportswomen. The first edition of the project demonstrated that sport plays a major role in improving women’s well-being and reintegration. What’s more, the practice of sport soothes women, fosters cooperation, enables them to surpass themselves and better manage their emotions.

4sporting disciplines will be organized over the 8-month course
30women are currently following the program in Marseille
15women in Istres in September 2023

The association

Solidarité Femmes 13 is a women’s rights association that has been active in the Bouches-du-Rhône département since 1976.

The purpose of the association is to :

  • To help women victims of domestic violence and their children.
  • Help put an end to such violence, whether physical, psychological or material.
  • To help change laws and attitudes so that the problems of domestic violence are recognized and taken into account by society.

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