My daughter of 13 years old loves the bonus program of a large supermarket chain in the Netherlands. Every 15 Euro’s worth of shopping will get you a tiny pot with seeds. It could be broccoli, tomatoes, dill, parsley etc. The bonus comes in over 20 varieties. Now it happens that we don’t do our shopping at that Supermarket, but of course if you don’t know 13-year-old girls, let me tell you. There is no keeping her away from her target once she has set her mind to it. A great thing to have especially in later life I keep reminding my self, but to change my local grocery firm for a big supermarket was a bridge too far as they in the Netherlands. Still I couldn’t discourage her interest in the crowing of herbs and vegetables! Great opportunity for my city girl to learn how much work is done before the brocoli lands on her plate! Anyway I went out of my way on a rainy Tuesday to give my daughter a large amount of seeds of all kinds . of vergetable and herbsEven flowers I threw in because I like to see the flowers grow.
How big was my disappointment and hers, when she saw where the seeds came from. No tiny pot, no tiny name tag, no promises of immediate result. No instead she got, old-fashioned instructions in terms of sun, clouds and results in five months time, given the right circumstances. Mom she tells me almost holding back her tears, don’t you know. I want to do the same as my friends at school, I want to compare and be able to show my vegetables grow as well as theirs. It then occurred to me. It wasn’t the result it was the need to belong, to be part of community what made her want to grow vegetables and herbs.
Why am I writing this? I think it is the same with our NFA’s and the University Women of Europe. Once we meet, once we communicate we belong to a group to a larger society than our own small unit we know so well. That is a vital part of the purpose of NFA’s , of being University Women Europe. Yes and we also need to work on results and take part in the Society at large, that is why we are working on three themes in a plan of action that needs to be supported by as many NFA’s as possible. MOre women on decision making positions, Support implementation of the Istanvul Convention and cooperation and communication amongst ourselves and other women’s organisations.
For alll these reasons I enjoy being part of UWE, buut mostly for the inspiration I find in meeting amazing women from all over Europe.
I hope to meet you all at one of the UWE events in 2015!
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Happy and proud to give you some news on the UWE events in 2015. More information will follow shortly on the website www.uweboard.wordpress.com save these dates!
Final Gruntvig meeting on Domestic Violence Met by Educated Women in Helsinki on Friday 8th of May 2015, Saturday 9th of May time off in Helsinki and on Sunday some trips are planned with all attendants. More information to follow shortly. No fee is required trips, lunches and dinners are at your own expense. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on hotels and the final program,
Meet and Greet in London on 29th, 30th of May 2015. The event which focuses on informal gathering and sharing knowledge on the UWE Action Program is definitely on. It is a cooperation between the UWE board and the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) and will prove to be a lively event at the House of Europe central in London in the West Minster area. You will be able to participate in several workshops and meet the members of the UWE Board as well as the Gender expert of the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe Anne Negre in an informal setting. Costs will be around 75 Euro’s for coffee and tea, lunch, dinner and high tea.
Please let us know soon if you are planning to come at email@example.com. On the website and those that have shown interest a list of hotels will be given in the neighborhood of the Europe House. Flights tend to be less expensive when booked in advance. Like last year in Amsterdam the Meet and Greet will also include cultural possibilities and ample time to meet women from around Europe. You will have a great weekend!
UWE Conference 2015 in the Netherlands on 28th of August till 1 of September 2015, before the meeting there will be the possibility to take part in two-day tour in the Netherlands. Ample opportunity to make tours to Belgium, Germany or France as it is all close.
More information will follow shortly. And did you like the facebookpage of the UWE yet? Another community:)