The European Commission approved the Women’s Charter on March 5th, 2010 and thus committed to strengthen gender equality. In other words, the European Commission adopted an action plan for promoting equality between men and women, the Gender Equality Strategy. “These actions will help us address some of the remaining gender gaps. The gender gap in the employment was 12% in 2009. We will work to improve women’s presence in the labor market by facilitating the work-life balance and promoting female entrepreneurship”, said Viviane Reding, former Vice-President of the European Commission Justice, in “Strategy for equality between women and men” in 2010-2015.
The target group of the project will be:
- Key stakeholders, policy formulators and decision makers in each country: institution, organizations, companies, SME’s, Local Public authorities, representatives of the Ministry of Education, schools, kindergartens, Hospitality Industry, trade unions leaders.
- Vocational and Education Training (VET) and non-VET teachers, trainers, Mentors, Student Teachers, schools, teachers associations and/or unions, VET providers, teachers’ education providers, national/regional organizations in charge of VET and non-VET education, local bodies, etc.
The project intends to raise awareness regarding equal opportunities especially in VET education and will promote entrepreneurship education as a solution to the gender gap in the employment rate. In order to attain the Europe 2020 objective concerning the unemployment rate, the number of female entrepreneurs, which is currently at 33% (30% in start-ups), needs to rise. Young women should start considering entrepreneurship as an option and also benefit by the growing attention that is given by the schools on the matter. The development of entrepreneurial mindsets is becoming policy-embedded across Europe and so the project will experiment with this new approach in the partners’ organizations, institutions and schools.