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What does Francesca Brezzi, an Italian philosopher, Seyran Ates, a German lawyer of Turkish origin, Lena Olving, a Swedish top manager, Vaili Maria Jämsä, a Finnish farmer, Cristina Gallach, in the communications department of the European Council and Rita Vella, a Maltese with muscular dystrophy have in common?
They are featured in the first of the Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar (.pdf - 3.7MB).
The other women featured in the 2011 edition come from as different places as Great Britain, Spain and Portugal to Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. They include Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, a former Portuguese Prime minister and Chrissie Wellington, a British triathlon record holder.
With their different origins, ages and background, the calendar each month tells the story of a woman’s personal efforts to break the invisible “walls” that many still face in Europe today. What the calendar shows is the extent of the challenges faced by women and how much more needs to be done to make Europe a better and more inclusive society, but also how a single woman’s efforts can make such a huge difference, no matter where she lives, her upbringing or her level of education.
Each month a lengthier article on the women of the month will be published on EIGE’s website.
|January - Francesca Brezzi||July - Chrissie Wellington|
|February - Lena Olving||August - Cristina Gallach|
|March - Seyran Ates||September - Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo|
|April - Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka||October - Rita Vella|
|May - Stanimira Hadjimitova||November - Comfort Momoh|
|June - Michaela Miroiu||December - Vaili Maria Jämsä|
For the 2012 calendar, the Institute continues to encourage nominations from and about women active in all professional spheres, who set positive examples for women in Europe.
A Woman can nominate herself or can be nominated based on any of the following:
The nomination should be written in English and can be written by the nominees themselves or another person or organisation. It should also include a short biography (emphasising achievements), contact details of the nominee and nominator, a third-party recommendation and a high resolution photo, if available. This information will be used for internal needs only, before publishing any information the Institute will contact the nominee.
Please submit the application at Women Inspiring Europe submission page.
For further information you can contact us by mail at: womenofeurope [at] eige [dot] europa [dot] eu.