Tuesday, on the 2nd
of July we organized a clothes swap event in the P9 building. Some
people gave away the extra pair of clothes they had and/or received
new ones. You could find everything: jeans, shorts, pullovers,
dresses, shirts, shoes, nail paints as well as accessories at the
The event started at
11 and people from the university as well as outside of it were
allowed to visit and pick whatever they liked or give away something.
There were also snacks present at the venue, people could relax for a
while and could have a good time while looking for clothes.
A really positive
response was obtained – people were interested in the clothes on
offer and many left with lots of items. Some also mentioned they
really liked the concept and idea behind the swap. Instead of
throwing away your clothes, it’s better to give it away as it could
be used by someone else too.
MIA – the gender
and women’s project area at the University of Paderborn organized
an on-campus interview with the students regarding their feelings of
safety and appreciation.
Students were asked
around seven questions and around nine people were willing to
participate, majority of whom were international students. It was
extremely tough to get the local students on camera and get their
opinion on the topic.
The topic of women’s
safety on streets was also raised – we asked people whether they
feel safe on the streets at night, to which everyone responded
There was an
interesting answer given by a one of them on the topic of women, he
said god puts forwards women and they are more superior to men but it
is sad they are not treated this way in the society. He said that god
says heaven is in the feet of your mother.
A really conflicting
question: “whether men and women are equal or not?” was also
asked from the interviewees, majority of which agreed that they are
equal on most terms, however there are places where they are not
considered equal such as salary at work places, women are always
subjected to do household chores and men are expected to go out and
work – this notion should be changed. Men and women are different
physically but not in terms of strength or the professional work they
We also asked the
question regarding the sought of relation the students at the
university share with their parents, most of them share a loving,
strong and healthy relationship with them.