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  1. 1. Partner: European Coordinator: Projektbüro für innovative Sozialpolitik Graz - Austria WOMENTOR European Federation of Mentors for Girls and Young Women Action n. 2007-3756/002-001
  2. 2. Which is the problem?
  3. 3. A common problem Women generally find many difficulties in accessing credit, transport, positions of responsibilityand of managing their individual and family lives. These difficulties contribute to exclude them from economic, labour and social activities This because:women face specific problem that need specific solution by implementing a
  4. 4. Why women need a mentorThe starting point is that women have a particular approach to the world, especially when they have to face or create enterprise’s occasion. They often make questions different from those asked from men and the Operators (called MENTORS) supporting them in the implementation of their project must bear this difference in mind
  5. 5. Gender mainstreamingSo it is necessary to guaranty the genre dimension in all political decision as all European Institutionand many regions (including our Region Basilicata) are doing in the last yearsThis principle is determined by the concept of GENDER MAINSTREAMING
  6. 6. Main themesThe mentor, supporting the women, must take intoaccount the following things:1.Identifying a supporting approach addressing anindividual project in a comprehensive way2.Paying attention to genre dimension3.Caring the need for reconciling dailytimetables, women ofetn have to manage theirfamily lives and business projects at the same time4.Taking into account the problems related to equalopportunities between men and women, while beingaware that the starting point is acknowledgingdifferences rather than ignoring them
  7. 7. Organisation thatcan give support to young girls/women
  8. 8. Support organisations In Italy and also in our regions we have a lot of organisations that can support women in the development of their plans: We can identify them in:1. Women organisations2. Syndicates3. Trade Unions4. Public Administrations5. Other no profit organism that work in this field
  9. 9. Which kind of support is offeredThese organism try to offer the following mentorship:1. Give a remedy to the structural fragility of the women enterprises throughout a more organised and really useful tutoring process, according to the beneficiaries exigencies2. Create or promote new law that give new opportunities for respecting the genre dimension3. Offer mentors that can guide the women in
  10. 10. A guide for mentorship A guide/manual for mentorship was created by a local development Italian agency Società Consortile Langhe Monferrato Roero Via Emilia, 13 – Acqui Terme Tel. 0144.321897 – Fax 0144.356974The guide was created during the realisation ofthe project “Supporting Opportunities for Family –friendly Initiatives in Employment –S.O.F.I.E.”, an action developed under the
  11. 11. Who is aMENTOR?
  12. 12. The mentorThe term “MENTOR” derives from Greekmythology: it appeared fro the first time in the“Odyssey” (the great poem by Homer, the Greekpoet).The origin of the word is totally appropriate: at thetime of Ulysses’ voyage, the goddess Athenaoffered Telemachus and aid Mentor.Today the mentor is an experienced leader orconsultant we can count on because he or she hasalready made the voyage we are about to begin
  13. 13. The rule of a mentorThe “MENTOR” works for:- Fostering autonomy of the younggirls/women- Fostering access to information- Developing self-esteem- Making a project consistent- Supporting women’ activities
  14. 14. Mentor’ skillsThe supporting activity calls for numerousskill both in the technical field and in the fieldof communicative skills aimed at making aperson overcome his or her limits.The mentor’ skills are:- Rigour- Adaptability- Good communicative skills- Technical skills
  15. 15. What theproject wants to realise
  16. 16. A necessary networkAt national level, as said, we have in Italy alot of organisms that work to help young girlsand/or women giving mentoring services, buta real network to exchange experiences andbest practises does not exist at the moment. So the main idea of MENTOR project is to create this sort of cooperation at international (in this case European) level
  17. 17. The main objectiveSo the main objective of the project “EuropeanFederation of Mentors for Girls and YoungWomen” is obviously to create and promote thedevelopment of a thematic network thatexchanging ideas, experiences and bestpractises could give a better impulse to the useof mentoring for women at Europeanlevel, offering new approaches and newsolutions for women and public administrations. This network should help young girls/women in finding employment or in their personal
  18. 18. Other objectivesThe “European Federation of Mentors for Girls andYoung Women”, of course, would like also to:- Evaluate the typologies of help given at Europeanlevel- Make a research/interview on young girlsexpectations- Find the possible women’ needs to be solved orpromoted- Create, if possible, a positive lobbying for womenIn our idea the Federation should be not focused inparticular women target groups but to all women in general
  19. 19. An open network (1) For the moment the “European Federation of Mentors for Girls and Young Women” is composed from the following 16 organisations (that are partners of the European project):Austria:1. Projektbüro für innovative SozialpolitikBulgaria:2. People to People International – Chapter Plovdiv3. Club Young ScientistsCzech Republic4. Association FiliaEstonia5. ÖökullGermany6. Mädchenzentrum Café Dauerwelle7. Deutscher Ingenieurinnen Bund e.V.8. Die Komplizen: Mentoring für Schüler gemeinnützige GmbH
  20. 20. An open network (2)Greece9. Greek Women’s Engineering Association (EDEM)Italy10. EURO-NETLatvia11. International Zonta Jelgava ClubPoland12. Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Edukacji Dzieci i Mlodziezy EuroszkolaPortugal13. IEBA Centro de Iniciativas Empresariais Beira AguieiraRomania14. Regional Centre for Sustainable Rural Development – CEDERTurkey15. Balkaya Youth And Sports Club AssociateUK16. Inova Consultancy WiTEC UK But of course it is opened to new interested
  21. 21. Examples ofbest practises in our local dimension
  22. 22. The principle of "Equal opportunities"During the years a principle became veryimportant: the general principle of “EqualOpportunities for Gender and non-discriminationand social inclusion”.This principle is a cornerstone of R.O.P. (RegionalOperative Programme 2000-2006 and 2007-2013and it acts on the following 2 levels (between themrelated):1) mainstreaming logic (it finds the needshighlighting the conditions of inequality);
  23. 23. The Authority for Rights and Equal OpportunitiesFollowing the principle of “EqualOpportunities for Gender and non-discrimination and social inclusion” theRegion Basilicata has created theAuthority for Rights and Equal Opportunitiesthat coordinates, make the monitoring anddoes suggestions or indications (ifnecessary), guarantees and controls the
  24. 24. Some results Most initiatives of R.O.P. Basilicata 2000 - 2006 have affected the unemployed women (60.3% of target group). This greater effort may therefore have favoured a better dynamic employment of women than men of the population: womens employment between 2000 and 2004 has increased by 5.5% (compared to 1, 4% of male population). The R.O.P. was directed to:• Improving the living conditions of women• Improving access to labour world and training• Improving the condition of women at work and redistribution of work• Promoting womens participation in the creation of socio-
  25. 25. An example of initiativesIn the improvement of living conditions ofmen and women and the possibility ofreconciling work and family life we want tounderline the call for proposal for "Supporting for Reconciliation between Life Family Life and Work",reported among the best practices to fosterreconciliation in the regions in the Objective1 on "Womens Perspective" a magazinespecialized on the Structural Funds "SouthNews."
  26. 26. The call for proposal“Supporting for Reconciliation between Life Family Life and Work” The call for proposal promoted two types of intervention : 1.The voucher conciliation, that was promoted to encourage the purchase of replacement care services and facilitate female participation in the activities of training and employment promoted with the help of EU funds under the ROP Basilicata 2000/2006. It was addressed to: unemployed women under conditions of having to assist family members under 14 years of age, disabled or elderly (425 applications submitted - 365 women beneficiaries) 2) The incentives aimed at companies, that could ask a public contribution of 75% of eligible expenditure, up to a maximum of Euro 100.000,00, to support the investment costs, consisting in the acquisition of tangible and intangible goods aimed at activation of services for the harmonization of times, ways of working and training with the needs of a family (19 applications
  27. 27. More informationFor more information on the specific call for proposal and/or the equal opportunitiesTASK FORCE PARI OPPORTUNITA’ c/o Regione Basilicata Viale della Regione Basilicata, 8 85100 Potenza (Italy) Tel. 0971.668358 E-mail:
  28. 28. Where you can find our help
  29. 29. In our network web site http://www.womentor.euThe web site created for this project contains:• presentation of partners organisation• a blog for exchange of information and best practises• links to other website created by organisations that are working in the field of supporting girls and young women
  30. 30. In our office EURO-NET Vicolo Luigi Lavista, 3 85100 Potenza Tel. +39.0971.23300 Fax +39.0971.21124 E-mail: euro-net@memex.itWeb portal: