The International Working group (hereafter WWB) was set up in 1994 as a
working group of WOUW Vlechtwerk (WOUW Weavework Association) in the
Developments in Europe have an increasing influence on the
position of older women. There is a great need for womanpower at
international level. Networking can be a vital tool for change.
To put the interests of women aged 50 and over on the
international agenda and as a result improve their social position.
areas where older women are disadvantaged :
no pension as a result of
little or no paid work in the past
arrears in education
less access to modern technology
underrepresentation in policy and
decision-making structures both in the Netherlands and outside it
review of our activities up to now
Participation in the UN Women’s World
Conference in Beijing in 1995, including two preparatory conferences,
followed by national and local campaigns for the implementation of the
Platform for Action in the Netherlands and Europe.
observer in the UN-CSW conference in New York in 1997.
Participation in a
cross-border project of German and Dutch seniors.
Participation in a
conference in Malta about Eliminating poverty in old age.
with Netzwerk älterer Frauen in Munster, Germany, within the framework
of the 350 years’ peace celebrations in Munster.
Active participation in
founding as well as in developing OWN Europe.
Giving lectures and writing
articles about European developments. Participation in the NPOE, the Dutch
Platform of Older People and Europe.
And, finally, we have been
intensively and actively involved in the realisation of the conference
in Egmond-aan-Zee on Social Exclusion and Older Women, October 1999.
the space of five years the Working Group has acquired a lot of expertise
and built up a wide network of international contacts.
What is WOUW?
Weavework Association (WOUW Vlechtwerk), founded in 1982, is a network of
active and alert 50+ women whose aim is to acquire more influence for
older women on social developments. WOUW Weavework has a loose structure,
with local and regional groups which are alle autonomous. WOUW does not
strive for the power of numbers but the power of the idea.
Why older women?
Older women share a number of social interests and are faced with specific
challenges that hitherto have not been recognised as such by society at
What are WOUW’s objectives?
To promote awareness of the
strength of older women.
To improve the social position of older women.
To influence policy makers and authorities
To enrich society with the
experience of older women.
Why the name WOUW Weavework?
Wouw stands for
Wise Older Women (or, as some prefer to say, Wise Old Wives).
weavework symbolises the weaving together of all the talents that WOUW
women possess individually and as a group. Although they come from
different social, educational, religious and political backgrounds they
form a strong texture which holds the possibility of changing social
How do WOUW women try to realise their objectives?
organising information days and workshops on relevant topics.
stimulating the acquisition of skills and knowledge.
By promoting the
participation of older women in decision and policy making
organisations, committees, councils and government departments on behalf
of older women and their specific needs and demands.
By supporting each
other in achieving our common goals.
WOUW has achieved many of its
original goals. We are constantly extending our field of action,
nationally and internationally. Come and strengthen our ranks and weave
with us as we weave on.
From little acorns mighty tr ees may grow!!!