Flagship report by UN Women on the Role of Women in Development
On 16 October 2014 UN Women released its report: The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development in 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment.
The International Children's Stories Competition - A huge success!
We at Inclusive Works are extremely proud of the overhelming response the competition has garnered! Not 38, but participants from 40 (!) countries have sumbitted their stories!
Here's a list:
Argentina The Netherlands Wales
Australia New Zealand Zwitserland
Germany Sri Lanka
Fair Signs week: stimulating and letting inclusion happen!
As a company that carries out research and activities that aim to create more inclusive societies, Inclusive Works supported and participated in the Fair Signs week that was held in Trebnitz, Germany from the 21st to the 27th of September 2014. This week was a means to bring youngsters from different countries, with different backgrounds and abilities together and create an inclusive environment in which each person had equal chances of participation.
Four groups of youngsters, from Poland, Germany, Romania and The Netherlands, participated. The Polish and German youths, between the ages of 14-17, had impaired hearing, with the Polish group being completely deaf and the German group owning hearing aids and implants through which they could hear partially. The third group, the Romanian youths aged 15-18, live in SOS children’s villages in Bucharest and Sibiu and did not have any disabilities. Finally, the Dutch youths, aged between 17-22, did not have disabilities but were very interested in communicating and exchanging with the other groups. The aim of the week was to encourage interaction and understanding between different European participants with various backgrounds and abilities.
During the Fair Signs week we saw that the best way to initiate inclusion between youths is by means of...
Many thanks to
Schloß Trebnitz; Kreisau-Initiative; Fundacja Krzyzowa and SOS Satele for setting up the Fair Signs week. The week was funded with the support from the “Youth in Action" programme of the European Commission and the "F.C. Flick Stiftung".
Intensive Language Skills Coaching for Unemployed Youths - INHOW
From September 2014 we are offering three places for our INHOW programme: Intensive Language Skills Coaching for Unemployed Youths. Through this programme job seekers will get the opportunity to do assignments that are comparable to the work future employers would assign them. The participants will be coached during the process, and their assignments will be assessed by coaches with elaborate working experience or by entrepreneurs. The participants will be assessed on their level of Dutch language skills as well as to what extent their work meets the expectations of employers. It is a more or less 5-month programme (10 assignments). The cost of the programme is €40,- per month. The programme is meant for youngsters, but anyone who is interested is welcome to apply.
Below you will find information about our first INHOW trainee:
My name is Ilyana, I was born in Sofia (Bulgaria) and after completing my secundary education I moved abroad for studies, work and internships. In the past eleven years I have lived in several cities in Europe which makes it extremely difficult for me to answer the question ‘Where do you come from?’ My personal interests were given a lease of life in the academic world when I pursued studies such as European Studies and Management of Cultural Diversity. I have the ambition to grow in the education sector. Personal perceptions of policies and developing learning styles are matters I want to devote all my energies to. I am also a lover of arts with a passion for theatre.
In July I started participating in the INHOW programme which is aimed at youngsters who are of foreign descent and are looking for a job in The Netherlands. The project links youngsters to a language coach and they together work on a series of written assignments in Dutch. In this manner, Inclusive Works wants to deal with the alarming trend of the growing rate of unemployment among youngsters of foreign descent or youngster who have a job that is below their level of education.
Participation in the INHOW programme was offered to me after I completed a job interview with Laura Coello, which indicated I needed to polish my Dutch writing skills. I see the programme as a unique learning experience, and the assignments as an encouraging factor to practice and improve my writing skills. Working purposefully, on situations that occur on the workplace - that is what appeals to me in this project!
I work with the Dutch language extensively and daily but in different a context and on jobs where my language errors and shortcomings are overlooked. Till now, other accomplishments are considered as more important and have more value in my professional experience. This situation is not ideal and I really want to reach my potential. This is why I find it imprtant to participate in the INHOW project now – at this stage of my life, especially – after having had all these experiences. What is more, I meet all of the requirements of the programme: I am looking for work, I am (for Dutch standards) highly educated and wish to work on my Dutch language skills actively. In general, I find working with language, texts and words very interesting, so I expect to insert more power in my language use and get the most out of the assignments, as well as to acknowledge my pitfalls and overcome obstacles.
The effort put in by the voluntary coaches for his programme motivates me even more. Voluntary service has always played a huge part in my life and I believe that those who choose to do this simply want to do their best. That is why it is a huge honour for me to meet my coach Desiree Krouwel and be guided by her. She has opened her own office in The Hague where she provides legal advice and tries to understand her clients’ interests to the best of her ability so that she can represent them accordingly.
I am very curious about the INHOW experience and thank my coach Desiree Krouwel in advance for the effort and time she will put in me!
Inspirational workshops a succes!
Most of the 40 participants of our inspirational workshops (3 July 2014) agreed that the workshops were a success. The evaluation forms show that most participants were 'positive' and a high number were 'very positive' about the workshops and the location. The following photos provide an impression of the workshops.
Young, old(er) and multicultural participants get inspiration to create characters for their children's stories.
Children's characters are ready for their story.