Empowering women to active European Citizenship

Resources and Inputs

Resources ...

Module 1: Telling Her-Story

Reading list

• Women’s Memory: Oral Histories from Transition. Workshop Reader, Budapest, 3.-5.11.2002 (available at Gender Studies, o.p.s.)
• Einhorn, Barbara (1993): Cinderella goes to Market. Citizenship, Gender, and Women’s Movement in East Central Europe. London New Edition 2003
• Drakulic, Slavenka (1993): How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, New York
• Unsere Geschichten mit Sozialismus und Feminismus. Dokumentation eines internationalen Seminars der FrauenAnstiftung Hamburg 1993 (available at Gender Studies, o.p.s.)
• Miethe, Ingrid/Roth, Silke (editor) (2003), Europas Töchter, Traditionen, Erwartungen und Strategien von Frauenbewegungen in Europa

Useful links

• Women’s Memories: http://www.womensmemory.net
• OWEN – East-West-European-Women’s-Network: http://www.owen-frauennetzwerk.de
• KARAT Coalition: http://www.karat.org

Module 2: Feminist Theories

Reading list

• Feminist Theory, Josephine Donovan, London and New York, 2001, Continuum.
• Feminist Literary History, Janet Todd, Cambridge, 1988, Polity Press.
• Sexual Difference, Milan Women’s Bookstore, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1990, Indiana University Press.
• Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich, London, 1977, Virago.
• The Lonely Mirror. Italian Perspectives on Feminist Theory, New York and London, 1993, Routledge.

Useful links


Choice Module: Living in a Europe of many Religions

Reading list

• General Background Reading on Dialogue and the Debate on Universal/Particular, State, Culture and Religion
• Martina Hartkemeyer, Johannes Hartkemeyer, Freeman Dhority, Miteinander Denken- das Geheimnis des Dialogs, Klett-Cotta, 2001
• W. Isaac, Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together, Doubleday, New York 1999
• Gret Haller, Die Grenzen der Solidarität, Aufbruch Verlag, 2002, English abstract can be downloaded from www.grethaller.ch
• Reinhild Traitler, ed. In the Mirror Of Your Eyes, Report of the European Project for Interreligious Learning, Zürich and Beirut, 2004,
can be ordered from http://www.epil.ch
• Interreligious Insight, A Journal for Dialogue and Engagement, Vol. 2/No. 3 July 2004 (Special Issue, 2004 Parliament of Religions, see espec. J. Sacks and L. Swidler, “Towards a Dialogue of Civilizations”, pp. 35 – 46)
• Monica Ali: Brick Lane, Doubleday 2003, Black Swan Books 2004
Dossiers of documentation on each of the themes chosen for Day III of the module will be supplied separately.

Useful links (will be supplemented)


Module 3: Paths in the EU-Jungle

Reading list

• Trevor Salman and Sir William Nicol (ed.) Building the European Union, a documentary history and analysis, Manchester 1997
• David W. P. Lewis, The Road to Europe, History, Institutions and Prospects of European Integration 1945-1993, New York 1993
• Michele Cini, European Union Politics, Oxford 2003
• Stephen George, Ian Bache, Politics in the European Union, Oxford 2001

Useful links
• EU at a glance: http://europa.eu.int/comm/publications/booklets/eu_glance/12/txt_en.htm
• European Commission: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/index.htm
• EU Press releases (RAPID) (username: "guest", password: "guest"): http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/cgi/rapcgi.ksh
• Council of the European Union: http://ue.eu.int/
• Official Journal of the European Communities: http://www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex
• European Parliament: http://www.europarl.eu.int/
• Platform of European Social NGOs: http://www.socialplatform.org
• European Women’s Lobby: http://www.womenlobby.org
• Introduction into European Union affairs: http://europa.eu.int/abc/12lessons/index_en.htm

Module 4: A Good Life for All

Reading list

• Mink, Gwendolyn (ed.): Whose Welfare? (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press 1998).
• Nussbaum, Martha C.: Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach, Cambridge 2000.
• Österreichischer Entwicklungsdienst (Hrsg.:) Women Rights – Human Rights: From dream to reality, Eigenverlag, Wien 2000, to order: HORIZONT3000-Österreichische Organisation für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Wohllebengasse 12-14,1040 Wien, Austria,
Tel: 0043-1-50 3000-3, E-mail: office@horizont3000.at, http://www.horizont3000.at
• Sevenhuijsen, Selma/Svab, Alenka (eds.): Labyrinths of Care. The Relevance of the Ethics of Care Perspective for Social Policy, Ljublana: Peace Institute 2003.
• WIDE-Network Women in Development Europe (Hrsg.): Transformation, participation, gender justice: Feminist challenges in a globalised economy, Report of WIDE’s Annual Conference 2003, Brussels 2003; to order: WIDE, Rue de la Science 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, Tel.: 0032-2-545-90-70, E-Mail: wide@gn.apc.org, http://www.eurosur.org/wide
• WIDE-Network Women in Development Europe (Hrsg.): Women in the Market – Manual for Popular Economic Literacy, 2000; to order: WIDE, Rue de la Science 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, Tel.: 0032-2-545-90-70, E-Mail: wide@gn.apc.org, http://www.eurosur.org/wide

Useful links

• European Anti Poverty Network: http://www.eapn.org
• EU Economic and Social Committee: http://www.esc.eu.int/
• EU Directorate General Employment and Social Affairs: http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/index_en.htm

• ATTAC: http://www. attac.org
• WIDE Europe: http://www.eurosur.org/wide
• WIDE Austria: http://oneworld.at/wide
• JOAN ROBINSION: http://oneworld.at/wide/robinson.htm

Module 5: Developing Democracy

Reading list

• Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 1995
• Amnesty International: Women’s Rights are Human Rights. Commitments made by Governments in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action. March 1996
• Gerhard, Ute: Debating Women’s Equality. Toward a Feminist Theory of Law from a European Perspective. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey and London 2001. See here particularly chapter 8: Human Rights are Women’s Rights, p. 149-180
• Hearn, Jeff (2001): Challenges and Changes for Men in Gendering Democracy: National and transnational Perspectives, in: Heinrich Boell Stiftung (Editor), Geschlechterdemokratie – Vielfalt der Visionen – Visionen der Vielfalt, pp 34-69
• Neusüß, Claudia (2002): If men are part of the problem, they have to become part of the solution – Gender Democracy: A collective project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in: Harry and Helen Gray Humanities Program Series, Volume 11, Feminist Movements in a Globalizing World: German and American Perspectives, ed. by Silke Roth (University of Pennsylvania and Sara Lennox, University of Massachusetts, p 30-42
• Women’s rights in the UN. A manual on how the UN human rights mechanisms can protect women’s rights, ed. By International Service of Human Rights, rue de Varembé. P.O. Box 16, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. May 1995
• Young, Iris Marion (2000), Inclusion and Democracy, Oxford University Press

Useful links

• Beijing Declaration- Platform of Action: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/
• Christian Action and Networking Against Trafficking of Women (CAT). An action oriented guide for awareness raising and social assistance. Ed. CAT c/o CCME 174, rue Joseph II, B-1000 Brussels. The brochure is available on internet and can be ordered by e-mail: ccme@wanadoo.be
• Declarations and texts by the European Women’s Lobby on Women’s Human Rights, Violence against women, gender democracy etc. http://www.womenlobby.org
• European Union and Gender Mainstreaming: http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/equ_opp/gms_de.html
• Germany: http://www.bmfsfj.de/Politikbereiche/Gleichstellung/gender-mainstreaming.html
• GenderCompetenceCentre, Humboldt University, Berlin (GenderKompetenzZentrum): http://www.genderkompetenz.info
• GLOW - Heinrich Böll Foundation (Gender Democracy/Geschechterdemokratie): http://www.glow-boell.de

... and Inputs

The Participation of Women is indispensable

"For a united and dialogue orientated Europe the participation of women is indispensable. Women bring rich experience, cultural capital and the necessary empathy to shape such a Europe. What they still lack are financial resources and an increase in decision making power. All platforms for international exchange are therefore more than just useful."
Ute Gerhard, Cornelia-Goethe-Centre, University of Frankfurt/Germany

Exciting Process of Growing together

"ewec combines the best of some earlier efforts in women’s political and civic education (such as the European Women’s College), moving them some steps further: It addresses important issues in the process of European integration from a women’s perspective, shares historical and present day experiences in dealing with diversity, and pioneers innovative methods of participation and consensus building. For me ewec is an exciting process of growing together, keeping the whole of Europe in focus and being well grounded in a number of locations.“
Reinhild Traitler, Cofounder of the European Women’s College, Zürich

Big Chance for Gender Democracy in Europe

The European enlargement and integration is a big challenge and a big chance for Gender Democracy in Europe. Big challenges do need good instruments to shape them strategically and sustainable. ewec provides an innovative setting of learning tools to face this challenge and to train intercultural learning and international cooperation. ewec is based on the focused expertise of the international women’s movements, the scientific knowledge of women and gender studies and the practical knowledge European citizens will need in future to become (more) influential!
Claudia Neusüss, Weiberwirtschaft, Berlin

Interdisciplinary Way

ewec is a very important measure of women’s empowerment. Its approach combines the experiences of different women from different countries; it combines important topics in a interdisciplinary way. And moreover its approach as a roaming college makes it possible to experience different situations in different places. Women want to influence politics. ewec encourages women to make use of their experiences and to work on strategies to work for a European society that allows a good life for all inhabitants
Eva Klawatsch-Traitl, WIDE Austria

A courageous enterprise to share and enhance European women’s relationships and knowledge.
Montse Cabre,
Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain

This project is unique in the depth and breadth of its goals. It seeks to increase women’s knowledge in their own lives, as well as giving them an immensely rich and varied background of the women who preceded them and their history. Caroline Wilson, ewc Barcelona

Europe needs reflective, critical and active women citizens - well informed and ready for the chances opened for them as well as prepared for the risks. ewec hands over its collective product to assist in reaching such a point of departure for all the women – be it from the “old“ and “new“ Europe. Mirka Holubová, Gender Studies, Prague

Women all over Europe need to share their ideas and visions about the Europe they want to live in. Providing space for exchange and discussion as well as the necessary basic feminist, historic and political knowledge this course will certainly strengthen and develop the critical involvement of women as citizens of Europe. Michaela Moser, ksoe, Vienna

There is still much to be done in order to live in a society of equal opportunities, same in the European Union as in outside countries. European Citizenship guaranties respect of women’s rights but unfortunately, as in non-EU countries, there is visible inequality of women and men with respect to their participation in politics or education, labour market and places of power, or social politics and health protection, just some percentages differ. There is a need for international dialogue as well as for education of women for understanding all meanings of the European Citizenship. And Women’s Studies and Research and I personally would like to be an active participant in this dialogue. Veronika Mitro, Women’s Studies and Research Centre Mileva M. Einstein, Novi Sad

Three things are innovative and very attractive in ewec: It is shaped for an international, multicultural and intergenerational group of students and it is a roaming college taking place in at least six different European countries and cities with their specific cultural, political and social characteristics. Finally it is not only rich in content, but also in innovative methodology. With these conditions the course has every chance to become an ideal training field in democratic and gender awareness in the present quickly moving European context. Elisabeth Raiser, Cofounder of the European Women’s College, Berlin

I perceive the ewec network and developed project important for two reasons. For me, personally, the network, joint cooperation and discussions of issues and topics involved were all equally significant for the scope of views, further information and data I received in a number of meetings and in correspondence. Secondly, the project and network bring forward the issue of women in decision-making and politics – these form part of Gender Studies, o.p.s. focus and activism. Moreover, it is not specifically important just for one organization, or the network as such, but for society – women and men – to discuss women’s participation in politics, in having their voices heard in democratic countries and their structures. Looking at the project aims from the perspective of women’s position in Czech society, they are undoubtedly of the utmost importance – both content- and cooperation-wise. Alena Kralikova, Gender Studies o.p.s., Prague

One can only influence EU-politics, if one knows the rules of the games. I have been living in Brussels for more than 25 years and have been working on EU-topics. I would like to share my knowledge. Hortense Hörburger, CIRCE, Brussels

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