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UGNAYAN in Denmark- DENMARK’s AU PAIR SCHEME: The WAY FORWARD

Forum on Aupair system Invitation by Commission on Filipinos Overseas.

DENMARK’s AU PAIR SCHEME: The WAY FORWARD
Date: November 24, 2014 – Monday
Time: 13-16:30
Venue: Copenhagen Conference Center (CCC)
Nørre Farimagsgade 45, 1364 Copenhagen K
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are looking forward to seeing you at the above Roundtable Discussion that we at Babaylan- Denmark (The Philippine Women’s Network) is co-arranging with the CFO, Commission of Filipinos Overseas team on the Au Pair Scheme and other issues pertaining to Filipino migrants in Denmark. The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philippine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO’s Key Officials are visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour to experience firsthand
the conditions of Filipino migrants including au pairs, in the host countries. The Invitation for you -and one other colleague from your organization/institution – is to input on this Special Roundtable Discussion to bring needed change. It is no secret that Filipino au pairs have
recently been unwittingly in the limelight, but without a chance to respond or defend themselves. They are blamed: for many things: for not speaking fluent Danish and thus jeopardizing Danish children’s future, for sending all their money home, for getting pregnant with some getting abortions,
for being meek slaves, for not being cultural, worse not having any culture, etc. The list goes on and all being chronicled in Danish media. The Au Pair “industry” is dominated by very few players who have all the means to influence policy, while concerned others without financing remain unheard,
helpless. It is time to open up the debate and hear from a broader spectrum. Please indicate if you want to participate as Panellist or Discussant by sending a mail to any of the three (3) members of the Co-ordinating committee. We eagerly await your speedy reply and hope
you can join us in an interesting afternoon where we can engage in genuine exchange of views and initiatives so we can forward the Au Pair scheme in a Win-Win situation for both the Philippines and Denmark.

Yours sincerely,
Filomenita M. Hoegsholm  Babaylan Denmark Founder
Ana Lindenhann , Babaylan Denmark current Chairperson
Judy Jover, Babaylan Denmark PRO and former Chairperson

or confirm direct to CFO confirmation form
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Check out CFO Roadshow to other Nordic Countries in this link

http://www.babaylan.dk/wp/index.php/commission-on-filipino-overseas-cfo-on-scandinavian-road-show/

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Paskong Pinoy with CFO (Commission on Filipino Overseas)

Nov 23 Event
We are looking forward to seeing you at the above Roundtable Discussion that we at Babaylan-Denmark (The Philippine Women’s Network) is co-arranging with the CFO, Commission of Filipinos Overseas team on the Au Pair Scheme and other issues pertaining to Filipino migrants in Denmark.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philippine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO’s Key Officials are visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour to experience firsthand the conditions of Filipino migrants including au pairs, in the host countries.

On the 23rd November at St. Ligouri Hall in St. Anne’s Church, Dronning Elizabeth 3, 2300 Kbh. S you can meet the CFO Officials lead by Ms. Ivy Miraviles, Ms. Jennifer B. Mareposque and Mr. Eumarlo M. Tolosa. There will be an open forum in the morning from 9.00-12.00 to various topics as aupair program, overeseas voting, SSS, Philhelath, investing and how can they improve their services to the Filipino overeseas. From 13.17.00 there will be a Financial literacy Workshop open to all Filipino Migrants and Please register to this form to confirm your attendance or use our contact form.

You can also check our Facebook event  flyer confirmation form 2

From 18-20 there will be a Filipino Christmas program where the aupairs from the Aupair hub and the Philippine Cultural Guild will perform Filipino Folk Dance and Carolings from different groups. Filipino Foods and Traditional Rice cakes will be available from morning to evening to a very reasonable price. We hope to see you all!!!!

This event is made possible with the cooperation of the Babaylan Aupair Hub and the Philippine Cultural Guild in Denmark.

Check the CFO Nordic Road Show http://www.babaylan.dk/wp/index.php/commission-on-filipino-overseas-cfo-on-scandinavian-road-show/

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Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) on Scandinavian Road Show

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Light meal is free provided that you send you confiirmation to CFO by filling up the confirmation form. You can click the image for bigger resolution

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is the arm of the Philipine government that oversees and supports initiatives that strengthen the welfare of its citizens around the world. From 22 to 25 November, CFO through 3 of its Key Officers will be visiting Denmark as part of its Nordic tour around Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden to experience first hand the conditions of Filipinos in their host countries.

Their goal is to network with Filipino organizations and groups to get to know their needs through   series of forums, dialogues, and  discussions. One particular issue they want to address is the Au pair problematic in the Nordic countries particularly in Denmark and Norway , the most  popular destination of Filipino au pairs.  They will conduct a round table discussion with Filipino leaders, goverment and other stakeholders  to update themselves with status of the au pair program  in the Nordic countries.

OBJECTIVES OF THE U+NO = E3
ENGAGEMENT
 Help address challenges faced by Filipino communities in the Nordic countries.
 Familiarize participants with CFO programs to address these challenges and promote the interests of overseas Filipinos.
EMPOWERMENT
 Promote CFO’s Financial Freedom Campaign-PESO Sense specifically developed for overseas Filipinos and the families left behind.
 Facilitate the establishment of support network for Filipinos bound for the Nordic countries.
 Increase participation of Overseas Filipinos in the registration and voting for the 2016 national election.
ENTERPRISE
 Identify ways on how the Filipino diaspora can assist the country’s development through the CFO’s Diaspora to Development (D2D) Program
 Inform Filipinos about viable business and investment opportunities in the Philippines through the CFO’s BaLinkBayan- the online portal for Overseas Filipinos

Financial Literacy and Round Table Discussion (RTD) for Overseas Filipino in the Nordic Countries

Participation to the Financial Literacy and Round Table Discussion is open to all interested Filipinos:

  • Filipino Groups/ communities/organizations
  •  Religious Organizations working with Filipinos
  • Au pair programs Participants
  • Partners /Spouses of European nationals
  • Filipino Youths in Europe
  • Overseas Filipinos

November 18, 2104, Tuesday Time: 4-8 pm , UGNAYAN – Embassy of the Republic Philippine 4th Floor Nedre Voldgate 4, 0158 Oslo , Norway. – Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 19, 2014, Wednesday Time: 4-8 PM UGNAYAN – Embassy of the Republic Philippine 4th Floor Nedre Voldgate 4, 0158 Oslo Au Pair Norway – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 21, 2014,  Friday  Time: 6.30-9.30 PM , UGNAYAN – Landakotskirja (Landakots Church) Rejkjavik, Iceland – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 23, 2014  Sunday  Time: 9-5 PM , UGNAYAN – St. Ligouri Hall, St. Anne’s Church Dronning Elizabeth Alle 3, 2300 Copenhagen S. Denmark – Financial Literacy Workshop/ Round Table Discussion on concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 24, 2014, MondayTime: 1-4 PM,  UGNAYAN – Copenhagen Community Church Farimagstræde 45, 1364 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 25, 2014, Tuesday Time: 5-8PM , UGNAYAN – Östermalams Föreningsråd -Sal 6 (Beside Fältöverstent) Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

November 26, 2014, Wednesday  Time: 5-9 PM , UGNAYAN – Folkeuniversitetet SAl 520 Kungstensgatan 45, Stockholm Sweden – Forum/ Round Table Discussion (RTD) on Aupair program and intermarriage and concerns of Filipino migrants.

To get to know more about the U+NO=E3 concept you can download the info by clicking link U + NO Concept Paper Oct 28

U+NO=E3 SECRETARIAT
COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS
1345 Citigold Center, President Quirino Avenue corner Osmena Highway
Manila, Philippines 1007
Telephone no. (+632) 552-4740
Fax no. (+632) 561-8332 Email: info@cfo.gov.ph/ imiravalles@cfo.gov.ph
www.cfo.gov.ph

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BABAYLAN DENMARK FOUNDER AMONG 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GLOBAL FILIPINA LEADERS

BABAYLAN DENMARK FOUNDER AMONG 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GLOBAL FILIPINA LEADERS

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When  Filipinas in Diaspora gather in the Philippine’s Wall Street equivalent of  Makati in MetroManila  to honour the 100 most influential women leaders in the Philippine diaspora, anno 2014, Danish-Filipina FILOMENITA HOEGSHOLM, nee MONGAYA (of Surigao City in Mindanao) will be amongst these select few from the more than 10 million Filipinos abroad.

It is no secret that ca. 45 million Filipinas -slightly more than half of the 90 million population of this 7000 island archipelago, the first democratic republic in all of Asia- throw their weight around when it comes to leadership and gender empowerment. Currently, Filipino women rank nr.5 on the global list when it comes to closing the gender gap according to the annual survey of the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland), a fact that rankles in the Nordic countries which used to fill out the top 5 posts. This year, only the 4 top posts go to the Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Philippines has grabbed the 5th place ousting Denmark which is now only the world’s 8th placer. The Philippines has continuously been the only Asian country in the top ten

Ms. Filomenita Mongaya Hoegsholm was a freelancing journalist covering the migration beat when the  Editor of the magazine she wrote for at that time, SAMSPIL, urged her to contribute to a Nordic publication on migrant women. She heeded the challenge and wrote about the situation of Filipinas in Denmark. Pretty soon, she was involved actively in respresenting the views of her kababayans at the biggest gathering of Nordic women, the Nordic Forum held for the first time in Oslo in 1988, and in Turku, Finland in 1994.  By 1992, she was one of those who turned up in Barcelona for the first meeting of Filipinas in Europe. That September the Philippine women’s network, BABAYLAN was founded by the more than 60 Filipina delegates from all over Europe. Filomenita presented a paper on Danish Filipinas. Active as a migrant woman organizer, she has led and coordinated participation of Danish migrant women, aside from Filipinas, at such milestones as the UN conferences in Cairo(’94, population),Copenhagen(social summit)& Beijing (women) in ’95.

”Nitnit” (to Filipino friends) has since been a capacity to reckon with in cross-cultural initiatives where she untiringly showcases Philippine culture be it in music, dance, fashion,the arts, and women dialogues (Dialogues in Dignity series). She has been elected to top posts at minority women and other organizations, eg. As Chairperson of BWEN (Black Women and Europe Network, 1996) after two terms as Vice-President (1992-1996) of this first ever inter-ethnic migrant women organization in the EU(European Union). She later began her initiative of mainstreaming migrant women empowerment by seeking entry to feminist organizations in Europe. First, she was elected to the Danish international women and development network KULU. And thru this, she later got elected to the 5-women Executive Board of WIDE, the most influential women empowerment in Europe. She stayed until WIDE’s devolution in 2011 and became part of the Task Force that rebirthed the new WIDE Plus in 2012.

Filomenita’s efforts to empower minority women were recognized early on when she garnered the Grassroots Foundation Prize in 1994 in Denmark for the contribution to women’s integration of SOLDUE Magazine which she was Editor in chief for from 1992 to 1997. From the 1990s onwards, Filomenita produced radio shows, video documentaries on various topics mainly focused on the situation of minorities such as her fellow Filipinos aside from covering the area with  reportages for local and international media. She also edited an English language magazine on Kurdish human rights. She produced a video documentary on the plight of over a hundred stateless Palestinians who occupied a Danish church in the inner city of Noerrebro which made the headlines because of its length -more than 300 days- and of the support the asylumseekers got from the local people. The result: a permit to stay for all granted by the Folketing (Danish Parliament). Today, the opposite happens for asylum seekers who choose this way: they are removed by force by the police. Everywhere in Europe, asylum seekers are turned away.

In May 1997, she founded BABAYLAN Denmark together with some stalwart Pinays in the Copenhagen area. In 2000, just as the second people power was about to install another woman President (Gloria Macapagal) she started ABAKADA, the migration, gender and development magazine that is appreciated across borders and even continents. Since the start, Babaylan DK and Abakada have been at the forefront of empowering Filipinas not only in Denmark but globally.

The coming of Filipina au pairs in numbers to the Nordic countries has challenged the organization which has responded by offering a plethora of activities:information, capacity building, counselling, socials and sports and more inspite of Zero funding from the authorities who benefit from this state of things. In  March 2013, Babaylan’s Founding Chair  signed a MOA with CFO’s Exec.Director, Sec. Mely Nicolas in Manila to ensure that au pairs’ concerns are monitored and attended to.

As mentioned previously, her scope of concerns involves the world’s refugees, some of whom she mentored as Editor-in-chief of NEW TIMES,the publication in the Danish Red Cross that served as platform  for refugees to mirror their situation and voice their grievances globally. Today among her  Red Cross mentees is now Chargès des Affaires/Head of Mission for an Arab state that has been thru a partial Arab spring. She has also actively showcased,thru monitoring the elections in Salalah (2003) and in Muscat(2006), the  progress of the women of the Sultanate of Oman, who were the first women to exercise suffrage in the Arabian Gulf. She has written- and continues to do so – on many Middle Eastern women personalities that have had their footprints in history.

Her knowledge on global migration and her networking skills galvanized her impact so she has been invited to speak at some international meetings like the Global Congress against Violence (Dublin, 1997), CAPWIP’s Women and Politics(Manila, 1998) and the Philippine Centennial’s Women and Nationbuilding (Manila, 1998). In the new Millennium, she has been one of the founding leaders of such women networks as EMWC (Ethnic Minority Women Council) in Denmark, ENoMW(European Network of Minority Women) in the EU and continues to be a capacity consulted during roundtables, workshops, eg. CEDAW (UN Conv.ention on Women’s Rights, Geneva 2008, PACE(Council of Europe, Paris 2009). She collated and edited for PSSC(Phil.Social Science Council) the 412-pp compendium ”In de Olde Worlde: Views of Filipino Migrants in Europe” with support from UNESCO which allows its download off www.unesco.org. It has been launched in Manila, Amsterdam, London, Reykjavik, Wash.DC.

In 2012, Filomenita Mongaya Hoegsholm received the ROSA (Rotary Outstanding  Surigaonon Awardee) for Migrant Women Advocacy, given for the first time in the history of the organization, in her native Surigao City where she graduated Valedictorian from Surigao City High School, 1962.    When she attended the 100th year of the SCNHSS in 2003, she won and was crowned Centennial Queen and has of course been an Outstanding Alumna.

During Oct.5 to 8, the San Francisco-based FWN, Filipina Women’s Network, is recognizing her leadership capabilities as one of the 100 Global Pinays for Influential Leadership during its 11th Leadership Summit to be held for the first time in the Philippines, at the Makati Shangrila, the Gala night to be held on October 7th. FWN is recognizing her efforts as a BUILDER, owing to her efforts to consolidate and rebuild and repair  women organizations and networks.

BUILDERS Category

Builders have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own organization; demonstrates high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, or organization in any field. “Buildership” is about building better organizations, leading broken organizations to adjust, repair, and re-align.

This is FWN’s  2nd year to to give the award for the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™).

Get to know the rest of the nominees  http://summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org/global-fwn100-nominees-2014/

 

You  you can read  Filomenita Mongaya Hoeghsholm CV.

FMH with Delta Combo at University of the Philippines , Diliman.

FMH with Delta Combo at University of the Philippines , Diliman.

Speaker at the Global Diaspora Conference in Rome, 2012

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FMH active participation in Rally agains Chinese Occupation of PHL Sea

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FMH with CFO Secretary Imelda Nicholas during the signing of MOU and Babaylan

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FMH at the Danish Parliament during an Internation Women’s Conference hosted by KULU.

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FMH at the Comelec

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ROSA (Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Awards) Annual 2012 Awarding Night. She the only female awardee for the first time ever category of Migrant Women Advocacy

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FMH together with migrant women demonstrating against a proposal of Right wing Political party to prohibit the use of Veil .

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FMH attended a UNFPA Forum on the Forced Marriage of young girls.

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FMH in her fighting form during a discussion in an Internation Forum.

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FMH with her favorite Banana wraps during the International Festival In Copenhagen

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FMH during the Global Forum on DIaspora

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WITHOUT EQUALITY and RESPECT, INTEGRATION is not POSSIBLE

FMH spearheaded a rally against Chinese aggression  in front of teh Danish parliament and she was Interview by the Danish Nation Telivion ( DR news

FMH spearheaded a rally in Copnehagen as part of the Global Rally of Overseas Filipino against Chinese aggression in front of the Danish Parliament and she was Interviewed by the Danish Nation Television Web edition ( DR news)

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She is also sportsminded woman but this time as a Scorer during the Babaylan Summer Sports; Volleyball Tournament

 

 

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Invitation to Babaylan Denmark’s Health Awareness Orientation

Health Awareness Orientation

Join us to know more about:
-How to access the danish health system
-Understanding your body
-Understanding homesickness, stress & depression
-Unwanted pregnancy
- Q & A and possible individual Consultation if time permits.

Resource speaker: Dra. Maria Lolit Westergaard, a Filipina Doctor and a member of Babaylan Denmark

Time: Kl.12 -16
Place: Beboerlokal Dagøgade 10,2300 Kbh.S
take bus 5A or Metro stop. Amagerbro Station and walk along Amagerbrogade towards Sundvestersplads and on the right side you find Dagøgade.

Open to all interested!!! Please register via  FB event

Health Awareness Orientation- 17 August 2014

Health Awareness Orientation- 17 August 2014

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