“Nada que declarar” – a book by Teresa Ruiz Rosas

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If you happen to be in Luxembourg on the 29th of April 2017, don’t miss the chance to meet Peruvian writer Teresa Ruiy Rosa who will present her latest book “Nada que declarar”.  Written in Spanish, the book deals with the theme of women trafficking and migration, through the stories of two women, between Peru and Germany and is currently being translated into French.

The event is part of Time for Equality’s campaign “Learn/Share/Take Action” aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking and modern day slavery by making use of films, books and art. Learn more about Time for Equality here and find more details about the event here.

Teresa Ruiz Rosas was born in Arequipa, Peru in 1956. She studied literature and linguistics in Arequipa, Budapest, Barcelona and Freiburg and was a finalist for the 1994 Premio Herralde de Novela and the 1999 Juan Rulfo prize for short stories, awarded by the Instituto Cervantes in Paris.

Alongside her writing, she also translates German and Hungarian literature into Spanish. Ruiz Rosas lives in Cologne.

Novels:

 El copista

Barcelona: Anagrama 1994, 126 p.

German:  Ammann 1996

Netherlands: Wereldbibliothek 1998

La falaz posteridad

Lima (Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2007, 368 p.

La mujer cambiada

Lima(Peru only): Ed. San Marcos 2008, 164 p.

Germany: Ralf Liebe Verlag

Wer fragt schon nach ‘Kuhle Wampe.’

Von der Liebe und anderen Gemeinheiten

Weilerswist: Ralf Liebe Verlag 2008, 320 p.

 Stories:

 El desván

Arequipa: La Campana Catalina 1989, 112 p.

German:Gallucci Verlag 1990

 Detrás de la Calle Toledo

Lima: Antares Artes & Letras 2004, 84 p. (trilingual: English, German, Spanish)

Das Porträt hat Dich geblendet

Bonn: Free Pen Verlag 2005, 192 p.

(bilingual: German, Spanish)

Time For Equality @Migrations Festival in Luxembourg

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

All photos were taken by © Roxana Mironescu on March 14 and March 15, 2015 @ LuxExpo in Luxembourg, during the Migrations Festival.

For more information on Time For Equality, please click here.

To know more about the Migrations Festival, an annual event held in Luxembourg, click here.

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Stand @Migrations Festival 2015

TFE Founder Rosa Brignone with Gabriele Del Grande and Giuseppe Catozzella in Luxembourg

TFE Founder Rosa Brignone with Gabriele Del Grande and Giuseppe Catozzella in Luxembourg

L'Odyssée vers l'Europe

L’Odyssée vers l’Europe

L'Odyssée vers l'Europe

L'Odyssée vers l'Europe in Luxembourg

L'Odyssée vers l'Europe in Luxembourg

L'Odyssée vers l'Europe in Luxembourg

Giuseppe Catozzella presenting his book in Luxembourg

Giuseppe Catozzella presenting his book in Luxembourg

L’Odyssée vers l’Europe @ Migrations Festival in Luxembourg with Gabriele Del Grande and Giuseppe Catozzella as special guests

L’Odyssée vers l’Europe @ Migrations Festival in Luxembourg with Gabriele Del Grande and Giuseppe Catozzella as special guests

L’Odyssée vers l’Europe @ Migrations Festival in Luxembourg

L’Odyssée vers l’Europe @ Migrations Festival in Luxembourg / March 2015

All photos were taken by © Roxana Mironescu on March 14 and March 15, 2015 @ LuxExpo in Luxembourg, during the Migrations Festival.

For more information on Time For Equality, please click here.

To know more about the Migrations Festival, an annual event held in Luxembourg, click here.

 

Equality, diversity and inclusion expert launches global ‘‘Time for Equality’’ initiative

Rosa  Brignone on the International Women's Day in the European Parliament, during the Equality and Diversity Awards, in Strasbourg.

Rosa Brignone on the International Women’s Day in the European Parliament, during the Equality and Diversity Awards, in Strasbourg. Photo: Courtesy of Rosa Brignone

Having dedicated her time and energy to the progress of gender equality, diversity and inclusion within the EU institutions for nearly two decades, it was in April 2013 that Rosa Brignone decided to launch ‘‘Time for Equality’’.

When asked to define ‘‘Time for Equality’’, Ms Brignone described it as a gradual discovery of her true passion, an initiative born out of a strong need to become independent and have a free voice.

‘‘I wanted to be free to talk about things that matter, women are not listened to, so I envisioned an open platform where everyone can have a voice.’’

Based in Luxembourg since 1984 when she left Rome to work as a translator for the European Parliament, Rosa Brignone has always been passionate about equality matters.

‘‘Fighting social expectations has always been part of my life; it is the story of my family, since my mother and grandmother were not able to do what they wanted in life.’’

Although family and parents were very supportive and encouraged her to continue her studies and make a career, the existent gender-based social expectations imposed that she choose literary studies to become a teacher.

‘‘My life was greatly influenced by gender.’’

Photo: courtesy of Rosa Brignone

Photo: courtesy of Rosa Brignone

‘‘There were many subtle gender restrictions, rather than skill-based restrictions. That’s why I decided to study languages, which I perceived as a door to the world, ’’ she recalls.

Back in 1990, Rosa Brignone made a career change and moved from the translation department to the plenary services where she dealt with the overall function for the plenary.

Based on this professional experience, Ms Brignone volunteered to switch career paths again and work for the women’s rights and gender equality committee as part of the administrative team.

‘‘Every single time, I started from scratch and in areas that were not so interesting for others, but in which I really saw the potential.’’

Reflecting on those times, Ms Brignone went on to say that ‘‘it was a school of life; I was very ambitious and always believed in principles. This was very important to my family and implicitly to me. Once you say something, you keep your promise.’’

As Head of Equality and Diversity Unit for the European Parliament in 2003, Rosa Brignone was at the helm of a unit which desperately needed a more efficient structure and vision.

‘‘There was nothing in diversity in 2003-2004. From then on, the unit gradually enforced its activity with initiatives and projects, proposing political documents and raising awareness on diversity.

“During my time there, the European Parliament became the first institution to have a pilot project for trainees with disabilities, a project which I am very proud of.

“In 2009 the first-ever Gender Equality and Diversity Action Plan (2009-2013) in a European institution was also adopted. When I look back, I realise that I put in a lot of effort, but I also experienced big satisfactions.’’

Time for Equality aims to contribute to a better and fairer society

Facing internal constraints and cuts in the number of staff and resources for equality policies, which were undermining the progress already made, Rosa Brignone decided to conclude her career at the European Parliament.

‘‘Institutions should be role models. The working environment was no longer in line with my values, which are not negotiable. Following my long-term lobbying and advocacy experience and passion, I came to realise that it was time for a change, and I founded Time for Equality as a civil society initiative,’’ concluded Ms Brignone.

tfe-logo‘‘Time for Equality’’ is aimed at contributing to a better and fairer society built on a culture of respect for human rights, equality and justice. It focuses on gender and disability equality, inclusion, diversity and leadership and also proposes inclusive workshops which are addressed both at individuals and groups concerned with these topics.

‘‘Time for Equality’’ also supports two projects for education for girls in Bangladesh and Afghanistan through local NGOs.

For more information on the not-for-profit initiative, please visit the Time for Equality website.

This article was published under my name on Wort English on March 6, 2014.

Gender equality must start at an early age, states Luxembourg forum

Second European Forum on Gender Equality in Luxembourg The Second European Forum on Best Practices in Gender Equality took place on October 4 at The Cercle Munster and attracted some 100 participants

While Luxembourg generally scores well in European and international charts for gender equality in the workplace, some believe that much more could be done to reduce the gender gap within the country’s workforce.

At the Second European Forum on Best Practices in Gender Equality on Friday, a number of experts, local politicians, university professors and company representatives discussed the importance of promoting gender equality through early training available to both males and females.

Round-table conference on the role of Gender Training in Education

Over two hours, panellists shared their views on gender discrimination and confirmed the need for improvement not only in Luxembourg, but all over the world.

Photo by Nico Schroeder

Photo by Nico Schroeder

Attending the event as local panel members were Colette Mart, Education Alderperson at Ville de Luxembourg and Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, Former Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, Nicolas J. Ries, Economic Councillor and AIMS Partner, as well as Hénoké Courte-Wolde Medhin, Communal Councillor for Walferdange and History Professor and Serge Thill from accompany Luxembourg.

Moreover, Pascale Veille, Professor in Law at Louvain University, in Belgium and Anita Drohe, Inspiring Woman of The Year in Education and Assistant Director at the the Technical Institute in Arlon, were also invited to be part of the panel and discuss the issue.

Gender discrimination at work, a topical issue in Luxembourg and elsewhere

Moderated by Rosa Brignone, Expert in Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Founder of ‘‘Time for Equality’’, the conference fostered discussion on gender training in early education and the need to raise awareness of gender biases that restrict the social and economic role of both young girls and adult women.

Photo by Nico Schroeder

Photo by Nico Schroeder

‘‘Gender discrimination takes place everywhere. The phenomenon manifests for girls since their early childhood due to the lack of relevant training designed to teach young girls and boys how to avoid such stereotypes,’’ Rosa Brignone told wort.lu.

‘‘Girls are being discriminated by the society ever since their birth. Deeply rooted in the traditional patriarchal way of organising societies, women are still perceived as the ones solely responsible to raise children and keep the family united.’’

Mrs. Brignone further claimed that discrimination is not only external, but at times women gauge internal prejudices as to whether it is appropriate and achievable to enter a certain professional sector given their gender.

Support to reduce the gender gap available in Luxembourg

Admitting that Luxembourg has a good system in place, aimed at protecting women, especially those willing to re-enter the work place after taking maternity leave, some panellists claimed that Luxembourg must indeed change its mentality and encourage more women to wish for a successful professional life.

‘‘There are still many gender stereotypes in schoolbooks that encourage young people to find certain professions more appropriate than others based on their gender. Education is crucial in keeping information balanced and ensuring equality is in place.
I strongly believe there is a need for change in how masculinity and femininity are being portrayed in society,’’ added the conference moderator.

Rosa Brignone, Hénoké Courte Wolde Medhin and Nicolas J. Ries

Rosa Brignone, Hénoké Courte Wolde Medhin and Nicolas J. Ries

While Luxembourg ranks high for its political engagement when it comes to such issues, Mrs. Brignone talked about the need for academic research to be carried out and for positive models to be constantly promoted.

‘‘We all need to bring our own contribution. Gender equality is important for men and women alike to ensure that meritocracy and talent are the deciding factors in taking a job or pursuing a career.’’

The role of women in society needs to be renegotiated

Hénoké Courte Wolde Medhin, Communal Councillor for Walferdange, also expressed strong views regarding gender equality, stating that despite the numerous laws existent in Luxembourg and elsewhere, in real life, gender discrimination is a current issue, that is kept alive by a biased education system and the inequality between men and women within their own families.

‘‘We need to make sure men and women have an equal status and share family responsibilities in a fair way, which would allow women to consider having a more satisfying professional life.’’

Mrs. Courte-Wolde Medhin placed gender equality at the core of any society claiming that: ‘‘The more rights women have in a country, the better developed and socially advanced the country is.’’

Accenture Luxembourg wins ‘‘Top Company for Gender Equality’’ award in 2013

Accenture Luxembourg wins ‘‘Top Company for Gender Equality’’ award in 2013

The Friday event also marked the award ceremony for the annual prize of ‘‘Top Company For Gender Equality’’ in the Greater Region which this year was given to Accenture Luxembourg.

The award came to recognise the company’s great results demonstrated in the recruitment, retention and advancement of a balanced percentage between men and women at all levels of its hierarchy.

The distinction was offered by Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg’s Minister of Labour, and Murielle Antoine, Inspiring Woman of the Year in Finance, and Managing Director of the Bank of New York Mellon in Luxembourg, the company that received the prize in 2012.

Delivering a speech on this occasion, Minister Nicolas Schmit confirmed that Luxembourg should do much more in fighting gender discrimination in the workplace, especially at a more senior level and in certain sectors that are male-dominated.

Luxembourg Labour Minister confirms the need for improvement

Luxembourg Labour Minister Nicolas Schmit and Murielle Antoine, Managing Director of the Bank of New York Mellon in Luxembourg

Luxembourg Labour Minister Nicolas Schmit and Murielle Antoine, Managing Director of the Bank of New York Mellon in Luxembourg

Mr. Schmit made reference to other European countries, and pointed out that certain states that made efforts to implement and preserve gender equality in the workplace, also experienced economic growth and welfare.

Minister Schmit also revealed that couples in Luxembourg must find a balance in the way they organise their personal and professional life.

According to official data, if individuals are engaged in family life, women are more likely to work on a part-time basis, rather than men. In Luxembourg 35% of women currently work part-time as opposed to under five percent representing part-time employed men.

For the benefit of women, men, economy and society as a whole, Nicolas Schmit highlighted the importance of fully integrating women in the workforce, who are many times still facing a glass ceiling in their professions.

Gender Equality to be achieved in the EU by 2030

Second European Forum on Best Practices in Gender Equality

Drawing a positive conclusion, Nicolas Schmit informed the audience that gender equality is set to be reached by 2030, when the European Union’s workforce will consist of 50 percent women and 50 percent men.

The half-day programme was hosted at Luxembourg’s Cercle Munster and was co-organised by Inspiring Wo-men and Chambre de Commerce, in partnership with ESSEC Business School and Sacred Heart University Alumni Association.

The European Forum on Best Practices in Gender Equality is part of the initiative ‘‘Inspiring Woman of the Year & Top Company for Gender Equality’’ awards placed under the patronage of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and of Xavier Bettel, Deputy and Mayor of Luxembourg City.

Further information on the Second European Forum on Best Practices in Gender Equality is available online on http://www.inspiringwo-men.eu.

By Roxana Mironescu for wort.lu/en, a Luxembourg-based news service.