Empowering women to re-enter professional life.
Project Number: 2020-1-ES01-KA204-081906
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 31/08/2020 – 30/08/2022
Recent surveys highlight the difficulties women face in re-entering the labour market, particularly after staying at home due to family duties. Women despite being increasingly well qualified in terms of educational attainment, are still less active and less employed than men. The gender employment gap in the EU that remains in double digits (11.5%) is indicative of the situation. Moreover, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland and Iceland are much below the EU target. Reduced job opportunities combined with a lack of counselling or support services make it even more difficult for women to rejoin professional life in these countries. Within this context, more effort is needed to promote female employment. Women who want or have to re-enter the labour market need to be supported effectively in order to overcome structural and social barriers. Also, they need to gain motivation and self-confidence in order to succeed in finding a suitable job.
The RE-START project aims to develop a very helpful online tool to support women – after staying at home – to re-enter the labour market. It shall therefore address the three biggest challenges for women at this stage of their life: gain motivation and self-confidence to do so; receive support in orientation on the market in order to succeed in finding a suitable job; promote their skills to identify support networks to overcome structural and social lack of support. The innovative aspect of the project is the design of materials especially for women in disadvantaged areas or positions facing multiple problems.