* International Women’s day series 1/8 *
20:00 . “ I believe in the importance of women becoming less judgemental towards each other.
I think that women tend to be more judgemental towards each other than men are. We are harsher, perhaps also because we share much more with each other. We share personal stories and for some reason that opens up room for judgement instead of understanding and acceptance.”
Sabina is the co-founder of the Gentlewoman’s Club and a policy advisor at the European Parliament.
“ – Through the club, we try to sort out old patterns through small things – for example, learning to pause for five seconds before commenting on something – thinking about whether the person in front of you needs your opinion or just needs to be listened to. Especially in working environments like ours (Politics), where things are still male-dominated , we must enforce these mechanisms of sisterhood between us. It is as simple as complimenting other women around you. Creating an atmosphere of acceptance instead of competition.
– We try to export all these little changes to behaviours in all areas of daily life – I am kind of going through the process myself. “
“ – I believe in the power of bottom up changes. We may all be waiting for some leader to change things or do more about gender equality. But, in the end of the day, if we look at history even, it is the small movements, the ideas that seemed simple at first, that actually drove bigger change. I think change can start with anyone.
– I believe anyone who understand what the EU is about and the values it is based on, can only love it too. Brussels as well has always been a progressive city to live in.
The freedom to be who you are here, to say what you want – That is priceless.”