WOMEN'S NETWORK, EUROPE
Via del Serraglio, 10 - 06073 Corciano - PG - Italy
Tel./Fax: (+39) 075 506 8006
(members WOUW International Working Group)
As many of us know from experience, frequently it is a painful end, an abrupt one which comes without warning, a threat often to our self-esteem.
The loss of a job which has often become oneís whole existence. And then suddenly nothing.
The feeling of not being needed any more.
The feeling of being superfluous.
Many women have experienced it. Of course it concerns men too. But above all women.
So there was a lot to talk about, when the subject was discussed at European level.
Scientific studies on the subject summarise the activities of older women during retirement in five points:
We based the content of our conference on this, but also took the different experiences and motivations of activities during retirement in the East and West into consideration. We came to know Eastern European experiences in this field and included Western European know-how in the common discussion. So in this field we got a little closer to the common Europe of the future.
It was an exciting and demanding time - this meeting with more than 60 older women from ten different countries:
Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Austria, Rumania, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Byelorussia.
The conference programme included in total 7 discussion rounds and 7 workshops as well as an excursion to a Women and Technology Centre and a one-day workshop with a common discussion of experiences gained, a closing roundtable discussion and an initial presentation of the results of the exchange of experiences.
We are now elaborating documentation, which should be ready in the autumn of this year.
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