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 


Challenge

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.

Innovation

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.

Action

A comprehensive report was developed based on focus groups with professionals and volunteers working with vulnerable women, desk research and online questionnaires. The report includes the training needs of support workers on how to foster employability and entrepreneurship to vulnerable women.

Read the report.
A comprehensive report was developed based on the employability and entrepreneurship training needs of vulnerable women. The report was based on focus groups with vulnerable women, desk research and online questionnaires.
Apart from face-to-face trainings, an e-learning hub was developed to provide an online space for the Support Workers and the vulnerable women who are working together on issues of employability and entrepreneurship. The online EMPOWER learning hub consists of two courses: EMPOWER Others Training Package which includes soft skills for supporting workers and EMPOWER Yourself Training Package for vulnerable women wishing to re-enter in the labour market. The training packages consist of 8 Units.

You can find more information here: http://empower.kmop.gr       
In Empower Circles through guided questioning sections, participants take it in turns to have a time slot to talk about their problem or opportunity and the other group members offer questions. The EMPOWER Mentoring Circles were delivered to four groups per country,  two groups with support workers and two groups with women who have faced severe hardship in their lives. The Circles covered important areas such as soft skills building, goalsetting and prioritizing, finding your motivation, networking, communication, presentation, and time management. Empower Circles are led by skilled facilitators with expertise in action learning.
A Policy Recommendation paper (E-book) for the improvement of employability & entrepreneurship training, provided to support workers working with vulnerable women.

Read the guide for policy makers.
Mentoring Circles
EMPOWER Women Mentoring Event, Athens
EMPOWER Women Mentoring Event, Athens
European Commission’s support for the production of this content does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
INOVA (UK – Project Coordinator)
Social Innovation Fund (Lithuania)
Vinnumálastofnun (Iceland)

Leave a comment
or ask for help