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Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic Partnership for Adult Education
Currently, women’s employment rate in the European Union stands at 65.5% compared to 77.4% for men (Eurostat 2016). The distribution of work and family responsibilities between women and men plays a very important role in women’s employment. The unequal share of unpaid work in the family has a direct impact on gender segregation: women still adjust their working arrangements considering their caring responsibilities especially when they have children or when they need to care for an elderly or disabled relative. For many, this has often resulted in having no other choice than reducing working hours or dropping out completely from paid employment.
In this regard, the three main EU institutions have issued specific policy documents and declared a political commitment. Among others, under the EU 2020 Strategy, reconciliation measures have been recognized as important means of achieving major policy objectives, notably higher rates of employment and inclusive growth. Of course, the commitment to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion is not achievable without narrowing the gender gap and increasing the participation of women in the labor market.
However, it should be noted that it is very difficult for women to reintegrate the labor market after a long care period. Therefore, to counterbalance this trend, it is important to put in place measures supporting them to access and stay in employment.
Nowadays, a great resource is an internet. It not only allows to work remotely, but it is triggering new jobs and professional figures as well. Being able to take advantage of the web can be life-changing in that it enables to better acknowledge the roads that can be taken to reconcile work and family.
With this in mind, that is what the LadySMART project is aimed at – fostering the exchange of good practices so as to increase women’s skills that could be useful to them to reintegrate the labour market as freelance professionals; develop a cooperative approach between women who are in the same situation; carry out new self-assessment and empowerment methodologies. Moreover, all partners involved will experience an increase in their expertise. Indeed, topics taken into account will be coaching and mentoring, skills self-assessment, branding social media and learning to learn.
The project will produce (1) a research study on new online freelance jobs and platforms where to find them in order to provide women with an overview of the newest online work opportunities that could allow them to better reconcile work and family ; (2) an European LadySMART Network enabling women to work in a peer to peer way and through mentoring ; (3) a Lady Team (Guideline) model for women that are new to the online freelance labour market so as to create groups on the territory that are able to take part to the learning network.
All planned activities aim at the exchange of good practices, meaning that partners will share their sector-specific skills with each other. Further into detail, the project implementation will consist of:
three transactional meetings for the general organization and coordination ;
two study visits to better understand the good practices in question ;
a co-design laboratory between the partners to draft the guidelines document ;
an international workshop to set the contents and develop the modalities of the European LadySMART Network ;
a final event for the presentation of the work done throughout the project.
The project potential relies in its transversal characteristics and in its viability in different European realities all related to each other by the same necessities.
The positive impact of the project will stem from the networking and exchange of good practices at many levels: individuals, organizations and countries. In particular, women involved will experience a decrease in terms of exclusion by taking part to cooperative groups on their territory as well as an improvement of their abilities to enhance their own professional figure. More women will be able to work and pursue a career – even part-time – thus reconciling work and family.
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