WOMEN'S NETWORK, EUROPE
Via del Serraglio, 10 - 06073 Corciano - PG - Italy
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by Isabella Paoletti,
The reciprocal differences in agendas, priorities and fields of action between researchers and grassroots and political organisation should be recognised and maintained. By this, I mean that political decision is not, and should not be, a consequence of researchers decisions or findings, but it must be recognised that in order to promote initiative at a political level, it is crucial to have relevant data, significant documentation on specific issues.
Research has been identified as a key issue for the OWN conference in October; a priority of the workshop should be the identification of strategies for liaising with researchers and of concrete ways of realising them. Moreover, the workshop will also identify resolutions in relation to research to be sent to the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The resolutions should indicate concrete actions EC should take in order to produce the visibility of the feminisation of ageing and promote qualitative research that can highlight the cultural particulars of gender differences in relation to health, poverty, living arrangements etc., in order to promote effective actions at the level of policy implementation and services provision.
Small steps in liaising with researchers have been taken by OWN:
RESNET (Researchers working on older women's issues) is a mailing list, established in 1996 with OWN support; through the list I have been disseminating information about conferences, funding opportunities, references on older women's issues. Although the initiative is minimal, self-funded and voluntary, it has been effective in incrementing the visibility of older women’s issues and supporting researchers working on older women's issues, through the provision of relevant information and facilitating the organisation of international meetings.
Below the relevant information to join the list.
To subscribe to RESNET:
To send a message to
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