Guest Speaker: Wouter Jan Strietman
About the speaker: Wouter Jan Strietman is a researcher at Wageningen University, Department of Economic Research. His work is positioned between marine environment, economy and society. He has expertise in sustainable development of fisheries, marine litter and the Arctic development.
About the presentation: In this presentation, Wouter Jan took us take us on a journey to a faraway place; the Arctic. Most people think of this as an unspoilt region, but this is far from the truth.
Even though the Arctic is nearly uninhabited, it’s coasts and seas are becoming increasingly polluted with plastic waste. Most of this litter arrives there through ocean currents from North America, Europe and Siberia, but some of it is also of local origin. This litter accumulates, providing an increasing threat to the environment and local communities.
There is an urgent need to put a halt to this constant inflow of plastic waste. But how can this be achieved? Cleaning up is one solution, but the most effective solution is prevention at the source. In the Artic Marine Litter Project, researcher Wouter Jan and his team are gathering previously unavailable data on the sources of marine litter in the Arctic. In addition, they are engaging local stakeholders and fishing industry experts. The results of this project can be used to take preventive, targeted, action and reduce marine plastic pollution in this region. The project has started in Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and is currently working on upscaling the project to the wider North-Atlantic Arctic region.
About the speaker: Mohamad Daioub, originally comes from Syria and lives in Arnhem, the Netherlands, since 3.5 years. He has various work experiences including more than 10 years of work with International NGOs specialized in the last 5 years in Micro-finance coupled with an Executive MBA.
About the presentation: In my talk, I will give an overview about Microfinance as it is a tool to break the cycle of poverty with economic empowerment and provider of social financial services. Microfinance products and the role it plays in economy and social development including improving the quality of life and woman empowerment.
Guest Speaker: Alejandra Guevara Morel
About the speaker: Alejandra comes from Honduras where she obtained a degree as a medical doctor. Living in the Netherlands since 2016, she has specialised in epidemiology and has recently started a Ph.D. study in Health Technology Assessment at VU Amsterdam. She joined RC Utrecht International in September 2018.
About the talk: ‘Sharing a cross-cultural experience’ is the motto of RC Utrecht International. The club invites every new member to give a presentation in this series within their first year of membership. The speaker is free to talk about his/her home country, personal and professional background and their own cross-cultural experiences. We are curious to learn more about Alejandra in her presentation.
Guest Speaker: Ram Bhat
About the speaker: Ram is a Member of RC Bangalore West, he was the Secretary of the club when it was chartered in 1977! Ram describes him self as a clown, he tries to find humour in everything. He was an Engineer by training and he started his own engineering company which later moved in to construction. 19 years later he switched careers, he wanted to make conditions better for people, starting with the income women receive and can control. Since 1992 has been working on empowering women which led to his work with trafficked women, supporting the NGOs who work directly with the women. In 2012 he started Kshamata (https://www.kshamata.org/), an NGO based in Mumbai. Kshamata supports women with training and counselling and pushing them, often the women have a negative self image, love and affection is often what the women need to start believing in themselves
- Kshamata is a Hindi word; it means ability, capability and potential, but also self forgiveness.
- Current scenario: India is a source, destination and transit country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking
- In India, nearly all the trafficked women are forced in to prostitution
- Women who are rescued end up in institutions (glorified prisons); when their case is closed they are released and nearly all end up back in prostitution
- Ram’s organisation wants to ensure the women receive:
- Further education
- Life skills/coping mechanisms
- Soft skills for job preparedness/culture e.g. you will work from 8-5, you can’t take a day off because you have a headache (time and quality consciousness)
- Options in vocational training
- Post employment follow up and support (critical; often women last only a few weeks in the first/second/third jobs)
- Kshamata’s impact since 2012
- Reached out to 2500 women and girls
- 700 women engaged on a longer term basis
- 135 women living independently
- Repatriated Bangladeshi women
- Provided income generation opportunities at shelter homes
- Formed 12 group stay homes
- Engaged with 11 shelter homes
- Biggest challenges
- Willingness of women to try
- Acceptance by society e.g. its very difficult to find a home to rent in Mumbai for four women with no male in the home
- The future
- People around the world talking about trafficking so that something is done about it
Be the Inspiration
About the presentation: Berneditha will share some thoughts about her work with refugees. She will also talk about the international inspiration that she gets for her work from the Rotary values and ideas.
How secure is it in the Netherlands?
In his presentation, Mr. Henk Korvinus will give us the most actual information on safety
concerning crime and terror threat. What do the numbers and statistics tell us and how are we
looking ourselves towards security issues? He also will tell more about themes like
cybercrime and criminal organizations, active on a national and international level.
MNC s’ Sustainability Strategy and Climate Actions
Nancy Chen is going to share case studies of two Multinational corporates’ sustainability strategy related to climate change and the related climate actions.
Sharing a cross-cultural experience
In her talk Natalia will share some of her experiences of her personal and professional life. Natalia comes from Portugal and has lived and worked in four different European countries. She has worked in very different fields with different professional orientation. In September 2018 she started her own business.
Communication, the Why and the art of storytelling
Every Rotary Club needs a good communication strategy. To promote our projects, to find new members, to promote Rotary as a whole and for so many other reasons. Sonia will talk about communication strategies to give useful tips and tricks for efficient communication. From storytelling to writing a press release or a website article. This can be useful not only for our Rotary work but can enrich your personal and professional style of communication.
If you wish to join us, please contact our club secretary!
In this presentation on intercultural competencies the relationship between intercultural theory and practice will be demonstrated first. Special attention will be paid to the cultural model of Richard Lewis. In an interactive way Françoise will guide us to explore the specific context of the Dutch business culture. Finally we will exchange ideas about how to broaden intercultural competence effectively.
Skye Merrick-Stammers has been working as a volunteer for the past 2 years in the Philippines with various humanitarian organisations including the Rotary Club in Tacloban City. In July 2017 she moved to Utrecht to begin a Master’s in Toxicology and Environmental Health at Utrecht University, a WASH related field. Skye has UK, New Zealand and U.S citizenship and she has a B.S. in molecular biology from Humboldt State University in California.
Skye will tell about her experiences with volunteer work in the Philippines. One of her main interests is water and sanitation. She has extended experience with the WASH programme, she also worked with during the last 2 years.
Martha Mghendi–Fisher on her plans for the upcoming Rotary year. There will also be an update on the progress of our Global-Grant project in Landi, Kenya.