LONDON 2019

 

CONFERENCE SUMMARY

 

WORKING GROUP REPORTS:

EUFASA Rights of Children
France (Head), Italy, Ireland, Poland and United Kingdom
A review of the work on the rights of children undertaken by working groups in the last 17 conferences and the need to establish a framework for EUFSA to support initiatives for the rights of children of MFA families.

EUFASA Third Culture Kids
Switzerland (Head), EU, Portugal§
A review and analysis of the results of the survey on the concerns of globally mobile families with children

EUFASA Legal Matters
Switzerland (Head), Spain, EU, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom
A look at proposals to register EUFASA as a legal entity/organisation.

EUFASA Partnership Issues
Ireland, Germany, Finland
A review of the results of the survey on the impact of public (MFA) policy on the lived experiences of accompanying spouses and partners

EUFASA Think Tank
Italy, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom and EUFASA Alumni
An overview of UNSCR 1325 on Mediation which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.

EUFASA Website & Web Solutions
Switzerland (Head), Austria, EU, Finland, United Kingdom
Annual report of EUFASA website, review of EUFASA Intranet and Job Platform,

 


GUEST SPEAKERS:

Insurance Solutions for International Organisations, MFAs and Individuals
An overview of the types of insurance coverage and pre-move considerations for overseas assignments
Daniel Edmonds, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Clements Worldwide

Managing a Career Overseas – A Partner’s Perspective
A creative life away from home. How a spouse re-invented herself during the time spent accompanying an MFA officer spouse on overseas postings
Melanie Hodge, MJHodgeArt –  https://mjhodgeart.co.uk/

Enabling Dual Careers in a Global Workplace.
Opportunities for Spouses and Partners Around the World: An overview the support the Permits foundation provides for international mobility and dual careers by advocating improvement of work permit regulations for the partners of highly-skilled employees worldwide.
Michiel van Campen, Director, Permits Foundation – https://www.permitsfoundation.com/

 Stay Professional on the Move
Co-creating opportunities to learn, work or volunteer while on the move.
Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen, Senior HR & Mobility Consultant & Founder of here we are global. –  http://www.hereweareglobal.com/

Looking After Your Wellbeing
A brief overview of Mental Health and Wellbeing and the support the FCO Mental Health Wellbeing Network provides for FCO staff and families
Georgina Hollingsworth and Gavin Thomas, FCO Officers

Dual Careers and Partner Support – UK Example
An overview of the spouse/partner support provided by FCO and the DSFA
Geraldine Mckendrick, DSFA Careers and Professional Development Adviser

An Interview with Cindy Renggli, President, Diplomatic Spouses Club of London
Mrs Cindy Renggli was interviewed by Shiona Morgan, the delegate for the UK association DSFA, on her experiences growing up in South Korea and studying in Australia; her move to Switzerland; and on the career choices she had made in following her spouse on his postings. Cindy is now the President of the Diplomatic Spouses Club of London, where they have a committee of 10 serving 198 members from 35 Missions in London.