27 December 2017

Let's start our first Latin American cooperation project: The Women Get Back (WGB) - KA2

The Women Get Back (WGB) is a Capacity Building project within the framework of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme with 5 project partners from Europe (Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain) and 5 project partners from Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Nicaragua).

Project duration: August 2017 - March 2019 (20 months)

The context
The “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All”, held in 2007 and a European scale, reinforces the idea that it is necessary to combat the multiple discrimination, in particular and to promote equal opportunities. In Europe, women returning to the labour market are a significant part of the labour force available. However, these women are often overlooked in statistics, especially when they are not registered as unemployed. Statistics show that, on average, women have 40% less chances, comparing with man, to be offered them a position, which illustrates the difficulties that women face when returning to the labour market, including their exclusion from it. On the other side, in Latin America women’s efforts have been crucial for reducing extreme poverty in the region. In fact, many Latin American women are abandoning more traditional roles to engage in what was previously considered “men’s work.” Several women have undertaken initiatives to form small businesses to address and overcome the effects of violence in their lives and that of their families. Unfortunately, in Latin America, prejudices and stereotypes from the past remain and cases of harassment or street violence against women continue. In addition, nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America become mothers before 20 years of age and the majority of them are socioeconomically underprivileged, which fosters the intergenerational reproduction of poverty, hinders women’s autonomy and their life projects, and underscores the need for sex education and reproductive health services to be made a public policy priority, according to a new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, 2014) and often they have difficulties in gaining access to a profession.

The overall objective of the project is to transfer to youth workers innovative training methodologies to improve guidance and counselling, vocational and professional training in EU and Latin America for young women returning to work after a hiatus in their careers, as a result of maternity, illness, unemployment (NEET), or who are in a situation of self-employment.

  • Nov 2017: a kick-off meeting in Barcelos, Portugal;
  • Mar 7-16 2018: a job shadowing hosted in Bucharest, Romania for 2 representatives: one from Peru and another one from Brazil;
  • Mar 2018: eLearning course;
  • May 2018: a training course in Malaga, Spain;
  • Nov 2018: a job shadowing for 2 Romanian representatives: one in Peru, one in Brazil;
  • Mar 2019: a youth exchange in Lima, Peru;
  • Mar 2019: a final conference in Lima, Peru;