Phew! it seems that companies are behind the hard work of the Permits Foundation, after all. This organisation works hard to get governments to offer spouses work visas, and late last year decided it was time to check whether their tireless lobbying still matters. It seems it does.

If you care about the way expat spouses are treated by their partners’ sponsoring organisations in their career ambitions then take a look at the executive summary of this recent survey.

Hot off the press, you can read the summary at   http://permitsfoundation.com/docs/permits_survey_summary.pdf

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I’ve long been a fan of this organisation and its director, Kathleen van der Wilk-Carlton is a friend of mine. Permits Foundation does sterling work, lobbying for governments to give work permits to expat spouses and so I urge you to help the cause by completing their brand new survey here.

Wow! Did we have fun last night as I celebrated the launch of my 25th book at Lesley Fisher’s beautiful apartment in Den Haag with 50 of the finest folk whom I have the pleasure to call my friends, colleagues and supporters. As a ‘trailing spouse’ it is not always easy to pursue a career while moving round the world as chattel and cheerleader to a bloke in the oil industry. It is even harder when you get a stamp in your passport that reads ‘wife – not permitted to take up employment’. As you know, that happened to me in 1988, and since then I have been determined to retain my professional identity despite the obstacles. To those who attended, thank you for supporting me.

Thanks too . . .
To Lesley of Metamorphosis Consulting for hosting the event – don’t forget that she has a super training room available to rent
To Annelene for her wonderful wine, and for making recipes from ‘Dates’ – invite The Wine Emporium to do a wine tasting for you and your friends and you may have as much fun as we did last night!
To Katy, for drawing the raffle, and for writing the foreword to ‘Career in Your Suitcase’ – take a look at the wonderful work done by the Permits Foundation
To Kim and Maged from Xpatriate Magazine, for providing mags for the bags and those wonderful vouchers to Ascot in Wassenaar! Watch out for my new column!
To the glorious Zelda, for dancing for us – join Lesley and me on her Dance with the Goddess workshop on Saturday!
To ABC Treehut for providing the other mags for the bags
To Mega of Portable Career, Julie of Essence Therapeutics, Rev Barbara of Authentic Matters Ministries, Robin of Dutchnews, Agnes of ABC, Annelene, Lesley, Zelda and Elske of Stichting the English Theatre for providing such wonderful raffle prizes.

I hope you enjoy your goodie bag suitcase, which reminds me to thank Ricklin-Echikson Associates for the wonderful luggage tags.


Dates by Jo Parfitt and Sue Valentine April 2008