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WOMENTORS: Empowerment of young women

According to the Gender Equality Index 2019 Greece ranks last in EU28. The pay gap for equal work is high, women’s access to decision-making centers is limited, their access to the labor market is lower than men’s & is realized under worse terms. Responsibilities related to household & family care disproportionately burden women. Violence against women is a problem across Europe. The project involves multi-faceted empowerment of young women through training and capacity building leading to greater participation, decision-making power and transformative action in order to take full control of their lives in relation to their economic/resource base, the public/political arena allowed to them by society, the balance between work – family – personal life,  their health & wellbeing, their equal rights in the labor market and in all life sectors.  

177 young women have been trained as leaders and will offer within 2 years a set of 10 online empowerment seminars for 50 young women each, thus forming a nationwide network of 9,000 18-35 year-old women (5% from remote areas) who will participate in holistic women’s empowerment activities. 23 facilitators with strong empowerment skills will advise and coordinate smaller teams of leaders. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all training and empowerment sessions will only be available online during the academic year 2020-21. If public health conditions allow for in-person meetings in 2021-22, the seminars will be implemented as initially planned, in a blended version (combining live and e-learning). In addition, communication with a network of female mentors is facilitated via the 100 mentors platform. Furthermore videos of inspiring personal stories told mainly by women are being created and communicated to 35,000 women of all ages. Moreover, an awareness campaign for 4,000 girls and 4,000 boys aged 12-18 will be raised in schools.