Seven Active Citizens participants visited the Visegrád Countries of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to attend conferences. There was one visit to each of the four countries:
Slovakia and Hungary between 13-19 October 2013
The Czech Republic and Poland between 20-25 October 2013.
As most of you know - for the last three years, WMAD has been involved in the British Council's Active Citizens project. As one of only five National Partners, we have been able to offer our participants many amazing chances to become involved in International Study Visits, International Conferences and most recently a trip to Sudan. Our WMAD Active Citizen, Aimee Hopkins, tells her story of visiting Sudan recently.
"I was chosen along with Helen Cahill to participate in the Active Citizens trip to Sudan in April 2013. We had both recently completed the Active Citizens course with Women Making a Difference in Cardiff. The basic purpose of the trip was to meet Active Citizens in Sudan who had also completed the training and to share experiences and learn from and about each other.
Find out more information about the course here and follow Anna and the rest of the Active Citizens each week so see how this international programme of training develops:
"I held my breath as I opened the door at my first meeting of Active Citizens. I wasn't sure what to expect, what to wear or whether I should just turn around and drive back home instead. But I needn't have worried.
Once inside the airy room overlooking Cardiff Bay I knew my horizons were about to be expanded. I found a warm welcome and an exhilarating atmosphere created simply by such a diverse group of wonderful women gathered together with the aim of improving the lot of girls and women both at home and abroad."
Some women were missing this week, as they were travelling to Poland and Hungary, and a third is now in the Czech Republic, all on exciting study visits sponsored by the British Council.
But we were reminded that the South Wales women taking part in this training come from over 20 different countries, so we can be 'globally connected' and have a huge variety of cultural encounters, without even leaving the room!"
Having ubuntu transforms the individual into a generous and supportive member of their wider community where their goals, lives and challenges are intertwined. The group, not the individual, is paramount, so that everyone celebrates and shares in the success of a member of the group, but equally, the whole group is diminished if any member suffers a setback or feels isolated.
It is a way of seeing the world in which people feel secure and know they belong, which enables them to play their part in wider society to benefit others."
For example read about the exciting empowering women Social Action Project Tin Nilar was inspired to set up in Myanmar, with fellow Active Citizen Cherry Naing, following Tin’s visit to Wales in February 2013 to meet with members of our WMAD Active Citizens and their organisations - http://activecitizens.britishcouncil.org/content/myanmar-skilling-under-radar
Additionally you can follow the inspirational journey of our WMAD Active Citizens Helen Cahill and Aimee Hopkins when they travelled to Sudan in April 2013 with other British Council UK partners, Third Sector Hebrides, Shoreditch Trust and UnLtd, on a week-long fact-finding visit to see the work of Sudanese Active Citizens in the east of the country - http://activecitizens.britishcouncil.org/content/unexpected-arrival