Luisa Vinciguerra, Women for Europe, Naples November 2008

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The Cultural, International, Multi-Year Project “Women for Europe, the Role of Inner Wheel - Comparing Ways of Life and National Economic Systems”, fits well into the new ways of influence, which characterize the Inner Wheel Action in the XXI century. Promoted in 2008 by the IWC of Naples Luisa Bruni, the Project has introduced in our Association an interactive strategy, to work together and confront cultures of different Countries on “Women status”, with a double mission: “What policies Europe has activated for Women”, and “How IW Women can promote, through our Female Association, the knowledge and the implementation of these policies”.

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Luisa Vinciguerra, Women for Europe, Naples November 2008

  1. 1. NAPLES, 29th NOVEMBER 2008Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 2
  2. 2. EUROPE:A MARCH TOWARDSINTEGRATION BETWEENDIFFERENT HISTORIESAND CULTURES FOR THEFAMILY, THE JOB AND THESOCIETYINTRODUCTION TO THEWORKSHOPS Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 3
  3. 3. OPENING ADDRESS Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 4
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 5
  5. 5. An intervention of connectionwhere, in presenting theworkshops, I wish to anticipateand touch a series of points,which in the afternoon will bethe object of reflection andbroad treatment. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 6
  6. 6. First point An emblematic title. We focusattention on the key words suchas: path, integration, histories,cultures. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 7
  7. 7. Second pointOur International President SuzanneHem Nielsen states that: „Theneeds, the problems and the lifeconditions in Europe are verydifferent from those in the so called“third world” but still life conditionsare not as good as we expect them tobe in the European Union‟. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 8
  8. 8. Third pointThe relationship of collaborationbetween the EU and UN Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 9
  9. 9. Women and Children, HumanRights, are always themes whichare especially dear to us InnerWheel members. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 10
  10. 10. IMPROVING LIVES is thelast annual report on theextensive cooperationbetween the EuropeanCommission and UN Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 11
  11. 11. Fourth pointAgain on the Inner Wheel, in orderto reflect on the extent andimplications of the Theme chosenby the President of theInternational InnerWheel, Suzanne Hem Nielsen:Realise your visions and make adifference. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 12
  12. 12. President Nielsen spurs us, however,this year to realize our “visions”. Wemust note the plural of the term,almost as if to underline how thepassage from communication torealization carries a responsiblecommitment and awareness in diverseenvironments of intervention to serve,experience friendship andinternational understanding. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 13
  13. 13. Two quotes: Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with vision is making a positive difference. Vision with action can change the world (Joel Barker). Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 14
  14. 14. THE WORKSHOPS Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 15
  15. 15. AIM: promoting debate and participation by actively involving European IW Members in an „interactive‟ knowledge of the following issues:• Europe: Women‟s contribution to the definition of new relational models in Family, Job, Culture and Society.• Inner Wheel: the role played by Women‟s NGOs, such as Inner Wheel, within this model definition. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 16
  16. 16. A RECURRENT NUMBER: 3• 3 hours, the length. • 3 Macro-themes: The time reserved FAMILY, JOB, CU for workshops goes LTURE & from 15.00 to 18.00 SOCIETY.• 3 sub-themes for • 3 Inner Wheel each macro theme. Group Leaders Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 17
  17. 17. THE LEADERS• Workshop 1 FAMILY• DIRECTOR: LIA GIORGINO• Professor at the Department of Educational Science University of Bari• Immediate Past Chairman – District No. 210
  18. 18. THE LEADERS• Workshop 2 JOB• DIRECTOR: HANNELE KARHUNEN• Senior Lecturer, Quality Coordinator, M. Ed./ B. Econ.• Laurea University of Applied Sciences• National Representative
  19. 19. THE LEADERS• Workshop 3 CULTURE AND SOCIETY• DIRECTOR: HILDEGUND SCHEIPERMEIER• Doctor in Orthodontics• Past National Representative and Past President of the German National Council Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 20
  20. 20. THE SUB-THEMES1) FAMILY• Family as an educating community;• Family and gender relations: from equality to difference;• Promotion of difference: reciprocity and care for the others. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 21
  21. 21. THE SUB-THEMES2) JOB• Equal opportunities for Men and Women with regard to access to employment, professional training and career development;• Equal participation in decision- making processes;• Women‟s role in science research. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 22
  22. 22. THE SUB-THEMES3) CULTURE & SOCIETY• Female roles and „contemporary society‟ in Europe;• Women‟s contribution to the cultural identity;• Women, Culture, Society: the European Union commitment. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 23
  23. 23. FAMILY Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 24
  24. 24. The chapter on the Family, subject of workshop no.1 led by Lia Giorgino (Italy) is certainly afundamental chapter, in which both the "value"themes linked to the traditional notion of family aredealt with, and also "role" themes linked to theprofound changes of customs and society, whichhave put such notions in a state of crisis and haveinduced the European legislator, strong with newpowers given to it by the birth of the EU, tointervene in a more systematic manner in the field offamily rights, in order to make this institution assimilar as possible within the EU. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 25
  25. 25. IN EUROPE • The European debate on the different family forms has influenced, and influences necessarily the family policies both in the context of the right of the family, and the modifications of the European models of welfare.• The Commission "Promote solidarity between generations", has welcomed favourably in May 2007 the initiative of a European Alliance for the Family (proposed by Germany), aimed at providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience on the policies favourable to families and on good practice of the member states, aimed at replying to the challenges raised by demographic changes.
  26. 26. IN EUROPE • On the occasion of the Third Demographic Forum planned for 2010, the Commission will present a report on the realization which as been completed in the context of the Alliance.• The European Council of 13 and 14 March has among other things underlined that the European Alliance for the Family could contribute to the reaching of the objectives of conciliating professional life with private life for women and men, of reducing substantially the retributive differentials between the sexes and of activating the European pact for the equality of the sexes. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 27
  27. 27. JOB Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 28
  28. 28. Also the chapter on JOB, the subject of workshopno. 2 led by Hannele Karhunen (Finland) is ofgreat topical interest. The role of women ischanging. Next to the traditional family dutiestheir presence in the wold of work has grown andtheir weight in the decision-making processes hasincreased. This revolution has a world character: itreaches also the most traditional societies, as theUnited Nations witnesses in their last report onthe Millennium Development Goals, theobjectives of global progress up to 2015. A changewhich influences the labour market, slow, but in ageneralized way. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 29
  29. 29. IN EUROPE• RAISE, EQUIP, INCLUDE: Equality between women and men is a fundamental right, a common EU value and a necessary condition for the pursuit of community growth, employment and social cohesion objectives (article 2 of the Treaty which institutes the European Community).• The "change of pace" is needed also to take into account current orientations in European policy: the EU considers of fundamental importance the affirmation and the development of gender and equal opportunity policies as essential instruments for the growth, prosperity and competitivity.
  30. 30. IN EUROPE• THE ROADMAP: The roadmap defines some existing areas and proposes other completely new areas of action. A total of six priority areas have been selected: a. equal economic independence for women and men b. reconciliation of private and professional life c. equal representation in decision-making d. eradication of all forms of gender-based violence e. elimination of gender stereotypes f. promotion of gender equality in external and development policies. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 31
  31. 31. IN EUROPE• WOMEN AND SCIENCE: The recent RESOLUTION (in 30 points) of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT of 21 May specifically on WOMEN AND SCIENCE is important.• In it is revealed how there is an excessively high percentage of women who abandon the scientific career over the years. Such a phenomenon, which has often been described with the model "leaking pipe", must be analyzed, according to the Resolution, on the basis of different models, amongst which that of "factors of attraction and expulsion". 32
  32. 32. CULTURE & SOCIETY Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 33
  33. 33. • 3 chapter, workshop no. 3 on Culture and Society, led by Hildegund Scheipermeier (Germany). This is a complex chapter, perhaps the most vast for contents and implications.• "Forget asking what is the contribution of women to the European cultural identity.• WOMEN ARE EUROPEAN CULTURAL IDENTITY!" affirmed the Danish journalist Janne Teller. Statement reported by journalist Paolo Casella in the article "The EU speaks in the feminine voice, and it is a river in flood", summary of the Convention "Europe Feminine Plural". (Rome, 6 march 2008). Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 34
  34. 34. IN EUROPE• The current Cultural programme of the EU, which covers the period 2007 - 2008, has important specific objectives which are those of: 1.Improving knowledge about diffusion of culture. 2. Protect and promote cultural and linguistic diversity. 3.Conserve and protect the cultural heritage, cultural exchanges and the artistic creation. 4.Sensitize citizens to the importance of cultural assets of European importance and promote their conservation. 5. Incentivate the transnational mobility of workers in the cultural sector. 6. Encourage the transnational circulation of works of art and cultural and artistic items. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 35
  35. 35. IN EUROPE • 7.Stimulate intercultural dialogue • This year is the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 36
  36. 36. IN EUROPE• In this sector we locate the NEW SOCIAL AGENDA FOR EUROPE, because a winning Europe is one in which citizens enjoy not only liberty of movement, advantages of the inside market and a favourable competition for consumers. It is also a Europe made of social equality, solidarity and an adequate level of health. Its Parliament is aware that for some time we have been fighting for the affirmation of these principles. Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 37
  37. 37. CLOSING REMARKSLuisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 38
  38. 38. Thank you for yourattention andgoodbye to thosewho will participatein the workshopsand in the final 39
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  40. 40. NAPLES, 29th NOVEMBER 2008Luisa Vinciguerra - WORKSHOPS COORDINATOR 41

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