EMPOWER – Educational Materials for Practitioners providing Opportunities for vulnerable Women’s Employability and Resilience
Empowering vulnerable women through better support services from professionals and volunteers who work with them.
Project Number: 2015-1-UK01-KA202-013592
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 31/12/15- 30/08/18
The recent economic recession has intensified the need for better support services to vulnerable adults and particularly women across Europe. Statistics show the harsh reality facing many women in EU. Actually, there is a gender gap in labor market participation as women employment rate was 66.5% and men 78% in 2017. This affects the risk of poverty rate, as 25% of women live at risk of poverty than 23% of men. Also, 1 in 3 women across Europe has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, while 68% of human trafficking victims are women (Eurostat, 2013). These statistics highlight the need for better support services and training to vulnerable women in order to increase their employability and resilience.
The project EMPOWER aimed at empowering vulnerable women through better support services from professionals and volunteers who work with them. The goal was to help women to gain employment and financial independence, a key step towards preventing victims from becoming stuck in circles of violence and abuse.