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Honouring Women – International Women’s Day

Women’s International Day (8 March) was celebrated at Renault Revoz (Novo Mesto Slovenia) by gifting their ladies with a gift from nature and donating a part of the purchase price to Europa Donna Slovenia (breast cancer awareness).

In the picture above, from Renault Revoz are Kaan Ozkan (Plant CEO),  Neveka Bašek Zildžović  (Head of Communications and Public Affairs), Simona Blažinč (senior assistant) and receiving the cheque is Darja Molan (member of the executive board of Europa Donna Slovenija).  Wearing pink socks instead of shoes is mohair socks addict, David da Silva.

Few giving gestures can be more appropriate than recognising International Women’s Day, and especially the woman of Slovenia.  Slovenia has a bright future because of the strength of their woman.  Children all over the world spend the majority of their time growing up in the presence of their mothers (compared to father time); so what better example than learning in those initial crucial years from competent and character strong mothers. It is well documented that children of working mothers have a greater chance of being successful than children of non-working mothers.

I learnt some crucial lessons when moving to Slovenia in 2006.  Just like you should not open your mouth in your first Board Meeting,  one should not judge local practices until you have lived in the country.  On arrival I was critical of the 12 months maternity leave of mothers in Slovenia.  I would typically comment “how can you be competitive if you need to keep work positions open for such extended periods of time”?  I could not have been more wrong.  Having worked with women in Slovenia I discovered a nation with incredibly competent woman; I would keep their positions open irrespective of time, just that they would return.

The women in Slovenia “kick the ass”. For those leaders who are confident enough to surround themselves with teams stronger than themselves,  look to the women of Slovenia”.  Leaders without an ego recognise this.

BUT no-one is perfect.  20% of Slovene woman, or should I say mothers, likely do not fit my observation below (80/20 rule); if you don’t agree then don’t be mad at us,  just consider that you are in the 20%. That is if you have no blind spot making you incorrectly believe that it does not fit with you:)

My “observation” of the mothers in Slovenia is that they are “tough” on their daughters and “pussy” on their sons.  Maybe this is why girls grow up to be “kick ass”. Compulsory military training was a balancing factor in the past, but today we see gender implications of this motherly protection of sons, and why men risk to become “copatek” (Slovene for slippers) in their relationships.

At Alles Mooi we embrace the relationship with Europa Donna Slovenia. Not only can we be part of supporting a worthy cause, but we have the privilege to meet women who reflect immense positive attitude to life, and who genuinely serve people in the most meaningful ways. Jana Koteska (picture above) and Darja Molan (in the picture receiving the donation), both breast cancer survivors, are role models in every dimension of life.  And the same for everyone that we have met at Europa Donna Slovenia. There is reality in the notion that until we suffer a life threatening incident, or truly fail and hit rock bottom, that most of us do not develop the fight that gets us to live life fully.  Bumps in the road give us wisdom. 

Lets summarise the positives in this Renault Revoz gifting decision.  Renault are honouring their women folk and what better day than on Women’s International Day.  Renault are supporting a worthy women’s charity in Europa Donna Slovenia.  Renault have chosen a gift that does not only reflect the colour pink but they have changed the cycle of giving to natural products. It is our sincere wish that other corporate’s will follow the example of Renault and not have the ego that says “they did it, so we won’t”.  Business strategy should be differentiated and it is good to be the first, but this is about doing the right thing and not about sales.

This blog would not be complete without recognising the Angora goats from which mohair is derived.  Click “HERE” if you are interested to read about our Angora goats.