Emma Gullstrand, Sweden

Emma Gullstrand, Sweden

This is who I am: Emma Gullstrand, Sweden
This is what I do: Operations/organisational developer
This is the community / organisation / party I work with: Arbetarnas bildningsförbund (ABF)
This is how YGAP affected me:  As I attended YGAP three times, both as a participant as well as coordinator (2012, 2013 and 2014), it really made a lasting impression on me. Both in regard to the similarities in the challenges that we face as a labour movement in the Scandinavian countries as well as in South Africa but also, I feel, a deeper understanding of the specific challenges as well as opportunities that South Africa faces and how much we can learn from each other. And of course, all the wonderful people from the different organizations in Cape Town and beyond who took time off their busy schedules to share their knowledge really stuck with me.
This is how I am collaborating after YGAP: I have stayed in touch with comrades from Soundz of the South and also applied for money to be able to invite them to Sweden in 2014. They stayed a week and were able to meet local organizations and artists for collaboration. Last year I also booked them to Malmöfestivalen. Also, right after I attended the first YGAP, I started to work with Afrikagrupperna in Sweden with their campaign to raise awareness on the situation of farmworkers, specifically on wine farms since Sweden is one of the biggest importers of South African wine.
This is who I am collaborating with: Soundz of the South, Women on Farms Project
This is why my collaboration is important to my community / organisation / party: For me it was both very important to do my part when I got home after being a participant, by keeping my word and passing on the experiences the farmworkers and organizations had shared with us as well as make it a true exchange,  which meant also inviting people to Sweden to meet local organisations here and facilitating other collaborations. For me, that is what “folkbildning” is all about.
This is what I think of Community House: It´s a really inspiring house, and knowing its history I feel privileged having been able to spend so much time there.
This is why I recommend you come to YGAP: It´s a chance to educate yourself and your organization, to meet new people, share ideas and hopefully start new collaborations.