ENGLISH and Polish volunteers from National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Lancashire took to the streets in the West End of Morecambe on International Women’s Day (March 8) to honour the Polish tradition, Flower of Ewa.
On International Women’s Day in Poland it is traditional for men to appreciate the women in their families, workplace and neighbourhood with flowers.
Carnations with the story of the Flower of Ewa attached by a ribbon were handed out to women on the street and in local shops. Polish women knew immediately what was happening and in the local hairdresser the flowers were greeted with delight and pleasure; English women were a little unsure, but faces soon were wreathed in smiles.
Liz Neat, director of NCBI in Lancashire based in Morecambe’s West End, said: “This was such a small thing to do but it had a big effect, honouring women and also bridge-building between the two communities.”
“A Flower For Eva” was the slogan of International Women’s Day in Poland during Communism.
Eva (Eve) was the name of the first woman and is synonymous with all women. Each woman receives a symbolic flower at this date, March 8.
This traditional day was officially suppressed in Poland in 1993. In spite of that, Polish people still celebrate it and the younger generation have embraced it and keep the tradition going.
The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is an international non-profit leadership-training organisation which has been working throughout the world to create productive teams and communities through eliminating discrimination, raising awareness and mutual respect and teaching practical skills to this end.