Girls Make The City is an initiative of the non-profit organizations ZIJkant (BE) and Wetopia (INT), supported by the City of Brussels, which raises awareness and promotes the place of women and girls in public space.
With Girls Make The City, ZIJkant and Wetopia gave young women the task of thinking about how the potential of the neighborhood and of the girls themselves could make the place more lively and enjoyable. The participants come from six different organizations (Habitat & Rénovation, Le Foyer des Jeunes des Marolles, Les Mèrolutionnaires, La Patinerie, BX’elles en le collège Sint-Jan Berchmans). They live in the neighborhood, come here to (roller)skate or pass through on their way to school.
One of their proposals was to denounce street harassment via this Wall of Truth. On this fresco, they share their experiences and call men to order. The Wall of Truths is a way of making micro-aggression in the street visible and enabling women and girls to claim their place in the city, as well as creating a space for awareness-raising and dialogue.
The mural was co-created by Girls Make The City and artists Nora Juncker and Manon Brûlé.
A QR code gives passers-by access to bilingual episodes of the Girls Make The City podcast (produced by Elena Dikomitis), which lets them discover the neighborhood through the eyes of its diverse residents.