The Parlamentarium, European Parliament’s Visitor Centre, is hosting the temporary exhibition “FEMMES – Portraits of women accompanied by the Samusocial Brussels”, together with the humanitarian service Samusocial and the Brussels Common Community Commission.
This temporary exhibition tells the story of 15 homeless women sheltered in one of the European Parliament buildings – the Helmut Kohl building – during the first months of the Covid-19 crisis. FEMMES is the result of the work of the photographer Gaël Turine and the journalist Anne-Cécile Huwart. Together they have captured 15 stories of sorrow and despair, but also desire and eagerness for a brighter future.
Th exhibition is available in French and English and it can also be read in Dutch and German, via a QR code available in the exhibition space.
Visitors will find the temporary exhibition FEMMES at the end of the regular visit of the Parlamentarium.
The Samusocial Brussels temporary centre at the European Parliament
Samusocial Brussels is a humanitarian emergency service whose purpose is to provide care and medical ambulatory aid and nursing to homeless people and people in social distress.
From May to August 2020, Samusocial Brussels, supported by the Brussels Common Community Commission, opened a centre for homeless women at the European Parliament's Helmut Kohl building, located in Square de Meeûs, Brussels. The European Parliament sheltered a total of 279 women in the offices of the staff, as an act of solidarity and public service.
Esplanade Solidarność 1980
Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
How to get there
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.