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WOMEN’S CIRCLE FOR EUROPEAN FRIENDSHIP

FRASCATI CONGRESS – 20TH – 24TH SEPTEMBER, 2010

FRENCH SPEAKING ROUND TABLE

DISCUSSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

1. ENLARGEMENT OF EU (CURRENTLY 27 COUNTRIES AND GROWING)

Since the end of the war, women have become more aware of their capacity and validity in their various roles and today there is a greater female presence in the european institutions.  It is very professional and has worked constantly for greater access to work, wages, right of maternity and promotion of opportunities.  This has not yet been realized in all the countries of Europe but must still be addressed.

Recommendations:

  • To increase knowledge of ‘New Europe’ by getting to know their culture through visits, art, conferences and presentations and for circles to pool their knowledge.
  • Joining the European Movement could be a consideration.
  • Making more of specialist knowledge of New Europe through diplomats, ambassadors etc.

2. WOMEN IN A CHANGING WORLD

Discussions about:

  • Legislation on work-share time and to encourage and facilitate the work of women to create their own enterprises
  • Remuneration - women still do not get equal remuneration
  • The women’s place at the top of industry, politics etc.
  • Violence against women
  • Changing patterns of  family models etc.

Groups should be encouraged to debate these topics.

3. INTEGRATION AND DISCRIMINATION

Discussions on the economic and social differences between the countries:

  • Unemployment and the crisis of the world economy
  • We can understand the demonstrations and aggravation this has caused and the intolerance shown in everyday situations.  Often stability is a problem between immigrants and lack of education exists inspite of the associations which work towards integrating people.
  • It is necessary to be conscious of what occurs in our communities and to remain open and tolerant.

4. LOOKING BACK

Everyone agreed that it was an excellent idea to have a history of our circles since their creation, for future reference.  A book would be very time consuming to do and we, the English group, already have albums and past records.  It was decided to leave the decision open, although the idea of a website was very well accepted.

5. LOOKING FORWARD

Recommendations:

  • We are of the opinion that the basic principles and structure of our circles should not change.
  • For future exchanges a list of participants and their photos could be sent commencing with the next annual meeting of the circles.
  • It was proposed by Salzburg to look at internet information on the austrian policy data from the Chancellory.  This information is given in german, french and english every week.  The website is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  St. Cloud could also pass on information concerning the European Movement.
  • Create an internet site to communicate with other circles where each circle presents their activities.  This proposal was very well accepted.
  • A proposal to modify the form of Congress was put forward.  The meeting of all our circles and Presidents is very important but they must occupy a shorter time.  Perhaps this Congress should be the only time we have the round tables.
  • To pay particular attention when we have private meetings, lunches, dinners, between the circles, that  all those invited are able to take part in conversations and understand them.  Members should not feel excluded.
  • To promote the creation of circles in Eastern Europe so that they have the knowledge and means to create their own circles.
  • If a circle organises a trip to a ‘new country’ in Europe they could inform the other circles to see if they wish to take part.
  • To gather information which exists about conditions and situations involving women in their countries and to communicate it to other circles.
  • Information on books, films, cultural and social issues could be exchanged through a common website.

 

I hope this report will give other members some idea of the breadth of our discussions during the three days of the Congress.  It was an invaluable experience and most enjoyable.

Susan Brock, September 2010

 


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