“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.

 

Migrations Festival in Luxembourg (14/15 March 2015)

Migrations Festival Roxana Mironescu

The Migrations Festival, or officially called in French, Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté, is an annual event celebrating Luxembourg’s multiculturalism, mutilingualism and the diverse identities that exist and coexist in Luxembourg.

As you may already know, Luxembourg is a small country with around 45% of its inhabitants coming from abroad, bringing along different traditions, ideas, languages and lifestyles. Well, while Luxembourg remains fairly unknown on a global scale, things are set to soon change, as the only remaining Duchy in the world sets the examples in the very same areas of diversity, multiculturalism and multilingualism (besides banking, technology and research).

This being said, it doesn’t come as much surprise for locals and residents of the small country that authorities have founded the Migrations Festival over 3 decades ago, in an attempt to encourage everyone to discover, explore and celebrate the country’s past and present, its multiple identities and heritage.

Of course, Luxembourg is no heaven, but unlike in many other countries in the world, foreigners, migrants, immigrants or expatriates, however you may want to call the, find the Grand Duchy to be welcoming and cosy, a good replacement for their home countries, if not for a lifetime, then, surely for a while.

Arguably, the festival is not for everyone, despite being open to the general public, as some people still prove to be disengaged or too conservative. Nonetheless, if they ever change their mind, the next festival will be there in March 2016 to welcome and guide them through the modern Babylon that Luxembourg has become and is planning to stay.

All photos were taken on March 14 and 15, 2015 and belong to © Roxana Mironescu.

Turkish Stand @ Migrations Festival 2015

Turkish Stand @ Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Handmade pottery at the Turkish Stand @ Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Turkish Stand @ Migrations Festival Luxembourg

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Time for Equality @ Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Time for Equality @ Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

Migrations Festival Luxembourg 2015

”To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do. ” CPE Romania

Photo: CPE

Photo: CPE

In this interview, conducted by Roxana Mironescu for Time for Equality, Irina Sorescu, CPE’s Executive President, outlines the centre’s mission and its ongoing projects, and talks about women’s status and diversity in Romania, gender-based violence, workers’ exploitation, the Genderis Protocol on trafficking, social inclusion for people with disabilities and for people of Roma ethnicity.

Ms Sorescu, what are the main topics that the Centre for Partnership and Equality is currently focusing on? What is its mission?

CPE is aimed at mainstreaming the principle of equal opportunities for women and men into public policies and related practices as an integral part of democratization and of the creation of an open society, in order to re-define the status and improve the condition of women in Romania.

For the past 12 years, we have been working on projects in various gender-related fields such as: gender in education, women on the labour market, prevention on trafficking for sexual exploitation and prevention on violence against women.

In addition to these, in the past few months CPE  has also started addressing issues related to discrimination based on one’s ethnicity or disability, which is why we are currently involved in awareness-raising campaigns and long-term action plans for three main sectors: Gender, Ethnicity and Disability.

Would you please describe in a few words some specific projects that CPE has already initiated or implemented in order to achieve its aims and mission?

Irina Sorescu CPEThe Centre for Partnership and Equality has already worked with school teachers, teaching staff in kindergartens, school counsellors as well as pupils, students and their parents in order to promote gender integration and equality within early educational environments. To this end, we have collaborated with a significant number of private and public kindergartens in Bucharest.

Moreover, our pro-diversity and pro-inclusion actions and campaigns also targeted stereotypes that may arise amongst young children based on one’s ethnicity or disability, stressing out that stereotyping impacts on children’s behavioural development.

Targeting both children and their teachers, CPE is currently training teaching staff in kindergartens how to promote inclusion and diversity through the use of appropriate methods such as the Persona Doll approach, the Sand Play therapy or real life case scenarios.

CPE is also running personal development projects for women and girls designed to equip them with skills that are needed on the current job market. Some 120 women from Bucharest and southern Romania will be benefiting from such initiatives in the following months.

The Centre is currently implementing a project co-financed by the European Commission promoting agricultural job rights to end foreign workers exploitation. How does this project intend to fight such exploitation practices?

The project is officially named ”Agricultural job rights to end foreign workers exploitation” (AGREE) and is being conducted as a partnership between organisations from Romania, Spain and Italy to prevent human trafficking and exploitation and also to make sure that relevant European directives are being implemented.

CPE’s role is to conduct research activities and gather data on workers’ exploitation, working closely with Romanian authorities such as the Agency for Safety and Health at Work, with the National Agency against Trafficking in Human Beings, with the General Inspectorate for Immigration as well as courts. We are also involved in networking activities set to engage various authorities and NGOs in this issue.

The AGREE project in Romania focuses on Romanian workers being exploited in their homeland or abroad as well as foreign citizens exploited in Romania. Our research indicates that there are very few registered cases in courts, mainly because, for instance, exploited foreigners working in Romania are generally here illegally.

On the other side, our partners in Italy and Spain are working to inform the public on the selection of commodities that are produced by exploited workers in an attempt to reduce their consumption.

logo-jpeg-webAs CPE’s Executive President, you signed the Genderis protocol for the implementation of gender-sensitive anti-trafficking policies and prevention measures in Romania, Italy and Spain. Can you tell us more about Genderis? How is CPE contributing to the implementation of this project?

Societies should acknowledge that there are different power relationships between women and men, and that women face certain vulnerabilities generated by their gender, including the mentality that they sell their bodies.

In each of the participating countries, a number of NGOs are working on a pilot project to prevent gender-sensitive trafficking according to the country’s characteristics. In Romania, we are going to conduct empowerment, personal development and awareness raising workshops for girls who might be at risk. In Italy, our partners will be conducting special training programmes for medical staff who will be able to identify such victims, while in Spain, organisations will run a public campaign targeting consumers of sexual services.

What are the main challenges faced by women living in today’s Romanian society?

The most significant challenges faced by women in Romania arise in their professional lives, when it comes to maternity leave, the lack of appropriate educational establishment for babies and toddlers, employers don’t sympathise with you when you may need a day off or you may be late for work. Maternity is often regarded with a bias, not as something that brings value to the whole society. Also, part-time jobs are basically non-existent.

Gender-based violence is another issue. According to a report published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 30% of Romanian respondents claimed to have been victims of physical or sexual violence at least once after they turned 15. 6% of Romanian women have been victims of sexual violence and in 97% of cases the harassment was performed by a male.

The study shows that trust and access to information are real issues preventing women in Romania to speak up.

Photo: CPE

Photo: CPE

Could you name three key adjectives to describe a future more inclusive Romanian society?

The public should be more OPEN-MINDED to the idea of gender equality. Men are also affected by inequality and stereotypes. They are not allowed to express their feelings, are encouraged to be aggressive and also face numerous gender-based pressures to succeed in life.

NGOs are trying to create a direct contact with the society, so people should be more ENGAGED and CONFIDENT that gender equality is truly shaping their life story.

Read the whole interview on Time for Equality and discover the the whole range of activities conducted by the Centre for Equality and Partnership in Bucharest on their website or on Facebook.

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Breaking the Cycle UK makes secondary education possible for girls in Bangladesh

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

This interview was part of a two-article series aimed at presenting and showcasing one of the projects that Time for Equality has chosen to support in the frame of their ‘Take Action‘ mission. The first article, introducing Siddika Ahmed, can be read here.

In line with the Millenium Development Goal 3 to “promote gender equality and empower women”, Breaking the Cycle UK aims to give young girls from disadvantaged families and geographical areas in Bangladesh a better chance in life through better access to information and education. The form of support provided includes meeting the financial costs for school fees, exam fees, uniforms, books, tiffin and travel costs.

Siddika Ahmed, founder of this initiative, points out on the organisation’s website that ”daughters in Bangladesh are not generally given priority over sons in families, particularly where money is tight, thus, families, including the girls themselves, sacrifice their education to facilitate the sons.”

By addressing this type of inequality in Sylhet, Breaking the Cycle UK promotes the long-term advantages that come from improving opportunities for girls. ”Practical support for girls of secondary education age to access higher level education and the value of increased literacy and educational attainment will be demonstrated through their ability to help their families access and put into practice advice on healthy living and civic rights, as well as improving their chances for gaining meaningful employment.”

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

The beneficiaries are girls who are academically bright in secondary education and thanks to this support programme, some 35 girls have already been given the opportunity to advance their studies and be better prepared for their life ahead.

The cost to change the future of each girl is £10 per month or £120 per annum and donations can be made via the Breaking the Cycle UK website here.

Time for Equality talked to Siddika Ahmed about Breaking the Cycle UK and girls’ access to education in an interview conducted in May 2014.

‘‘Breaking the Cycle’’ supports girls of secondary school age, from financially deprived backgrounds in the Greater Sylhet District of Bangladesh. Why did you choose this particular area in Bangladesh?

”My family heritage is Bangladeshi. I was born in Sylhet and did not come to live in the UK until I was 4 years old. Also I discovered through my research that a lot of the funds from International Aid did not reach the Greater Sylhet District but the “lions share” of funds was spent in the Dhaka region.

I felt that both these factors were important in choosing location as well as the identified need for support for girls who are not able to continue education due to poverty.”

How can a UK-based not-for-profit organisation promote social change and particularly help local communities of young girls in Bangladesh? What has ‘‘Breaking the Cycle’’ achieved so far?

”Social change is created through empowerment of those who feel they have no power or “voice”. Access to and completion of education is a key starting point to meet these needs. I believe that our girls will help others and their children will have better opportunities. Just as a small stone can create a ripple effect that spreads across a pool, Breaking the Cycle UK can do the same through the progress of our girls.

So far, we have 35 girls on our programme of support with 40 more places that will be filled by the end of this year. I feel we have started the “ripple effect”.”

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

Photo Credits: Breaking the Cycle UK

What was the initial reaction to this project from the locals’ point of view?

”My initial fear that there would be a negative reaction to my aims with Breaking the Cycle was unfounded.

The fact that I was born in Sylhet, the region of Bangladesh in which Breaking the Cycle UK is working, was a good start to our conversation and furthermore, I can speak the local dialect of Bangla which was a great “crowd pleaser”.

I had begun with a great strategic presentation written in English about the value of education and how it can improve the future prospects of girls –particularly- if they are currently living in economic disadvantage. However, when I asked the audience whether they were happy with English or preferred me to speak in Bangla about the background, aims and objectives of Breaking the Cycle UK, they asked for me to deliver my presentation in Bangla. Once I started speaking Sylheti, the smiles just spread throughout the room and they welcomed the “returning daughter of Sylhet” with a positive and supportive response.

The audience made up of families, head teachers, local officials and local media as well as children were all keen to ensure that my aims were achieved and offered to help in any way that their personal capacity would allow.”

What are your hopes and goals for ‘‘Breaking the Cycle’’ in the future?

”I hope that the girls we are supporting now will go onto further education and feel empowered to make their own choices for the future they want.

I would also like to have a peer support group made up of Breaking the Cycle UK “alumni” who sign up to helping other girls in Bangladesh.

In the next phase of development, I would like international companies based in Bangladesh to provide job opportunities and apprenticeships for both our girls and for boys who are from families who cannot facilitate those opportunities.”

Women face gender-based barriers all over the world: if in some countries they may have limited access to education, in others, despite pursuing higher education, many women still find it hard to gain the same recognition as their male counterparts. Is gender equality then a feasible concept? Can women hope to achieve it in the nearest future?

”Gender equality is definitely a feasible concept. It is not so long ago that women were not in professions such as engineering or leaders on the political landscape. Now we have women in all professions, even though progress can be limited in some cases. As more men support the rights of women and gender roles are shared between the sexes, I believe there will be a “tipping point” and we will progress. As women, we need to have the confidence and belief in our own abilities. We also need to support each other to make progress rather than allowing a masculine need compete against each other to take hold. As mothers of future generations of children we need to take responsibility for treating our daughters and sons equally. Nothing is impossible, if we truly believe we can create change!”

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt: ”If we believe we can, we are halfway there”.

You can read the full interview dedicated to Breaking the Cycle UK on Time for Equality, an online platform for the promotion of equality, inclusion and social justice.

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Interview with Siddika Ahmed, equality activist & Breaking the Cycle UK founder

Group Photos at Syed Hatim Ali School

Some weeks ago, I had the honour to interview Siddika Ahmed, a woman passionate about gender equality and community empowerment who dedicated her life and career to make a change in the life of those surrounding her.

This interview was published on Time for Equality, an online platform and community that promotes and advocates for equality for all, irrespective of their gender, origin, beliefs or any other features that may define them.

I strongly encourage you to follow the activity of Time for Equality and to also check out the professional career and achievements of Siddika Ahmed who acts as a role model for many of us, men and women alike.

Siddika Ahmed, successful career woman, ‘‘returning daughter of Sylhet’’ and featured activist in the 100 Power & Inspiration British Bangladeshi List 2014

Roushon Siddika Ahmed is a woman of many talents, but mostly with a great heart and exceptional drive, living with passion, while striving to make a difference to the people around.

Siddika has extensive experience working with the private and public sector as well as with not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally and has successfully delivered projects at international, national, regional and local level.

Moreover, she has over 10 years experience of influencing, implementing and supporting the delivery of government policy both locally and nationally, having acted first as a Network Development Manager for Black & Ethnic Minority third sector groups and organisations in North Western England, then becoming a Strategic Policy Adviser in the UK’s Government North West Office.

Brought up in the philanthropist spirit and of Bangladeshi heritage, in 2011, Siddika Ahmed founded ‘‘Breaking the Cycle UK’’, a not-for-profit organisation supporting young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Sylhet, Bangladesh, to pursue secondary education and thus to be better informed and prepared for their life ahead.

Ever since then, she is the ‘‘returning daughter of Sylhet’’ for which (along with her long term work and commitment) she was praised and gained recognition yet again in January 2014, when she was included in this year’s list of the 100 most powerful and influential British Bangladeshis, under the ‘‘Activist’’ category.

Who is Siddika Ahmed? How would you define yourself?

Siddika with book”I am a British Bangladeshi woman committed to making a difference to the people around me & with Breaking the Cycle UK – specifically to the future of girls from disadvantaged families in Bangladesh.

The eldest amongst 6 girls and 2 boys from Bangladeshi parents, I learnt from an early age to care for others. Not only by taking care of my siblings, but also as an advocate for other Bangladeshis who lived in the surrounding areas in the West Midlands who had language difficulties to access medical services etc.

My father encouraged my passion for studying and following a successful education in the sciences, I took up a role in the Health and Safety Executive at Shell Internationale in The Netherlands. Although this was a great opportunity for starting a long-term career, personal principals led me to leave Shell and move into Sales and Marketing with a top 10 Global Pharmaceutical Company. Achieving the best sales awards in the first year and further successes in the years following, marriage led to a change in geography and career-path. I ventured onto a more personally fulfilling career in the Voluntary and Community sector.

I was elected to be the first Bangladeshi woman Chair of a strategic regional Equality Group. My legacy was a positive celebration of diversity each year appropriately named “celebr8: Don’t Discriminate”. Stakeholders show-cased the positive contributions that people from all minority groups made within their communities.

Most recently I have been included in the 2014 list of the British Bangladeshi Power 100 under the Activist category.

Many people define us in relation to our heritage, our ethnicity, career or financial status, so it becomes difficult to define oneself without those influences. I think I am someone who strives to make my actions congruent with my inner self and to be consistent in my endeavours to make a difference in some way that will have a lasting impact on society.”

I am passionate about equality and as a woman I am passionate about being empowered and to enable others to feel empowered. I believe any dream is achievable, if you truly believe you can do it and work hard to make it happen.”

When and how did you start getting involved in charity activities set to make a difference to disadvantaged communities from the UK and abroad?

”When I moved to Manchester about 15 years ago after meeting my husband, I started to volunteer for a small local charity to befriend people who felt isolated. Realising the struggle for funding and services faced by many ethnic minority organisations I applied for a role as Regional Manager for One North West. This position included supporting groups from Black and ethnic minority communities to become active citizens and voice their needs by participating in consultations so that they could have influenced policies that had an impact on them.

Rupa Rani ShilI became a member of the North West Regional Social, Economic and Environment Policy Group through this role and played a key part in the development of the first joint North West Equality and Diversity Strategy, endorsed by the Secretary of State for Communities.

When I gained recognition from the Minister of Communities and Local Government and was appointed to be a member of the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group, one of the responsibilities I had, was to encourage and support Muslim women to become actively engaged in the political process and to act as role models for other women. The position enabled me to be part of a Foreign Office delegation, with the aim of engaging in dialogue with local Sylhet District Officials, media and community activists about the impact of negative, external influences on the youth of Sylhet.

The work with the Muslim women and the visit to Bangladesh re-kindled my interest in my heritage alongside my passion for equal opportunities for women and it reminded me of a view I had since childhood that education is key to progress for women in society.”

What drives you to take part in so many projects, to advocate for change and life improvement for certain people and ethnic groups?

”We have always been encouraged to help others less fortunate than us, as Muslims it is part of the 5 main pillars of Islam.

My father was a key driver in the development of my innate desire to make a change. He always reminded us how fortunate we were to have a secure home, loving parents and a privileged education and encourage us to help others. I have carried this advice with me throughout my life and taken the opportunities to advocate change or use my skills/abilities to bring influence policies that impact on people, particularly those suffering discrimination due to their ethnicity, faith, gender or sexuality in the UK and internationally.”

Over the years, you have built a career in the public sector, lobbying for numerous causes related to equality, diversity and community cohesion. What are the main challenges as well as the greatest achievements and rewards when making policies, drafting action plans and strategies?

”Lobbying has its frustrations as well as joy. Challenges include gaining support for specific issues and enabling a change in mind-set by politicians, policy-makers, local leaders as well as indigenous communities. Certain issues require funding to bring about change and this can sometimes be one of the great challenges because even if we bring about agreement to change policy, implementing the actions can be expensive or resource heavy.

The greatest achievements are when an issue is recognised by Government and then a Minister becomes a figurehead to lead the cause, budgets are agreed and local government and Public and Private Sector organisations work together to implement those changes.”

From 2007 to 2010, you worked for various local and regional government bodies in Manchester and the North-Western region of the United Kingdom. How effective is the bureaucratic system in making real changes for (potentially) and proven disadvantaged groups?

”The bureaucratic systems are inadequate in making real changes for these groups. It is not that there is not the will – but the system is so controlled by Party politics that barriers to change are inevitable.

The systems that are in place are set up to meet the needs of a specific indigenous community so dealing with diversity is difficult and complex. There are cost implications which are difficult to overcome particularly when specialist training is required to meet diverse needs.”

In January this year, you were included in the 100 British Bangladeshis List of 2014 under the Activist category. How is this affecting your work? Does it make it any easier to raise awareness and to find support for your cause both among private partners and government bodies?

”The recent inclusion in the British Bangladeshi Power 100 list has not made a recognisable impact but I cannot be sure. I recently got accepted by the international women’s group to participate as a mentor in a conference:MAD Leadership – Making a Difference 10th and 11th June 2014. I was selected out of 300 applicants to be a lead in this international conference and Time for Equality is supporting the work that I am doing so perhaps there is a positive impact on what I am doing.

Perhaps there is a creditability that is attached to someone who has been recognised by the state, employers and peers and there is an ongoing impact that I am not fully aware of but which I am befitting from.”

You can read the full interview with Siddika Ahmed on Time for Equality.

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Beatrice Achaleke’s GloBuntuKoffer workshops come to Luxembourg this May


The non-profit association Time for Equality is launching this month in Luxembourg (from 22 to 24 May) a series of thematic workshops organised in cooperation with Beatrice Achaleke, an international-renown expert in diversity, inclusion and leadership.

A detailed presentation of the 3 workshops on offer is available here.

Designed and led by Beatrice Achaleke, each workshop proposes an exclusive methodology, an enriching content and equally effective structure for both individual participants and the employing brand or organisation.

Hence, employers and/or managing directors who wish to participate themselves, to train their teams or to partner up with Time for Equality, as well as organisations and associations willing to delegate staff members to attend these unique and innovative workshops are advised to contact Time for Equality by email ( info@timeforequality.org) for further information on registration, sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

Please note that places are limited for the 2 workshops taking place on 23 May and 24 May and will be allocated to those interested through prior registration.

The Kick-Off Event is being held on 22 May from 17:00-19:00 at the Abbaye de Neumunster in Luxembourg-Grund (Room A.11): From Ubuntu to GloBuntu: Bedtime stories for global players

The first in the series, the event is open to the general public. Beatrice Achaleke has carefully designed these GloBuntu Bedtime stories drawing not only from her own personal experiences, but also from those of some of the very international audience that she serves in her different roles as congress manager, writer, teacher, mother, immigrant and learner.

*Free for all who have registered to either or both of the workshops on 23 or 24 May.

Please contact Time for Equality by email: info@timeforequality.org for further details.