Kathy KAAF, SIE President, propose us to plant beans

Kathy Kaaf, President of the SIE, asks us to plant broad beans, a symbol of our solidarity for all women who struggle for life.



An extraction of her letter of 13/12/2012 :

“You might wonder what this picture is about just before Christmas. It shows the blossom of one of the oldest foodstuffs of the world: highly nutritious and very easy to cultivate. Vicia Faba is its Latin denomination ( and broad bean its common name. I suggest that right now, early enough to prepare a big event for the International Women’s Day on 8th of March 2013.


All SIE Clubs should plant seeds of this highly-valuable bean. It has been used in so many ways in European and African countries for thousands of years. This action should be understood as a symbol of solidarity with all women of the world who struggle to survive and feed their families under great difficulties such as war, political crises, and natural disaster. The beans should be planted in public places, in School gardens, Kita gardens, Kitchen gardens, in baskets and tins – wherever there is a small area of soil available. I am attaching a press release which you can translate in your own language and use for the media in your home town. You should aim to organize a high profile event, put the information on your website and involve the media (newspaper, radio, TV, social media) as much as you can.”

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