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Project description

bulletThe project is multi - annual; the duration will be for three years.
bulletThe project will result in the formation and development of a European network of organizations sharing their expertise in the area of non-formal adult education for unemployed and disadvantaged women.
bulletThe synergistic effect of the shared experience of the participating countries will result in better training models and methods to develop personal growth, build self-esteem, and increase self-confidence among unemployed and disadvantaged women.

Project Goals

bulletImproved communication between adult education organisations nationally and internationally.
bulletA sustainable partnership among project participants and an exchange of skills, knowledge and experience in the field of women’s employment issues.
bulletImprovement of the unemployment problem in Lithuania and the other less-developed European countries.
bulletAn ensured sustainable partnership between public, social, academic institutions, adult education providers and those in the private sector interested in the development of human resources, nationally and internationally.
bulletIncreased gender equality in the labour market.
bulletReduction of age discrimination.

Current situation

bulletMore and more unemployed women cannot get jobs. Unemployment became a social violence against women in labour market.
bulletThe women’s unemployment situation is closely related to gender equality and discrimination against women in the labour market.
bulletThis problem exists even in Western European countries; it is worse in newly independent European countries like Lithuania.
bulletThe unemployed women need to be offered, not only the opportunity of acquiring a new vocational training, they also have a real need for education in general and social subjects to increase their life-competency and boost their self-confidence.
bulletThe present system in the newly-independent European countries, such as Lithuania, for the general and social education of unemployed women is in its infancy.
bulletThe sharing of the experiences and the successes of the more developed countries through the network meetings, seminars and roundtable discussions will be of great value.

Target groups

bulletGenerally speaking, the target group of the project consists of unemployed and socio-economic disadvantaged women in all partner countries.
bulletTrainers on the mobility training for unemployed women in all countries.
bulletDuring the first year, seventeenth experts in women’s employment, gender equality and human rights issues from six partner countries will participate in the project. They will be trainers, counsellors, researchers and leaders of different kind of organisations dealing with women’s issues. They will disseminate the project results and benefit to the wider target group.
bulletTwenty unemployed women in Kaunas, Lithuania will be trained under the developed mobility training module.
bulletAt least twenty new members of the network in different countries will receive information on the project outcomes through the Internet.

History of the project

bulletThe idea of creating a European network was presented by SIF at an international conference, “Women and unemployment in Lithuania” which the SIF organised on February 22-23, 1998.
bulletThe partners signed a Letter of Intent, pledging to assist in the implementation of this idea. With this, a platform was created from which to launch the project.
bulletThe idea was discussed and received approval once again at an international conference entitled, “The role of NGOs working in adult education in supporting local initiatives,” held Lithuania on January 11th and 12th 1999.
bulletExperts from six countries agreed that it is important for a more closely unified Europe to develop an integrated, general and social education system to ensure gender equality in the labor market and to foster better co-operation and understanding among its people.
bulletThis well-developed and up-to-date system with a lifelong learning perspective will be an effective way to increase women’s employment

 Project approach and organisation

bulletComparing analyses of women’s situations in the partner-countries on the basis of official statistical information on gender equality in the labour market and in family life.
bulletPublishing a booklet in English, "Women’s employment situations" on the basis of statistical data.
bulletTwo 2-day network meetings and roundtable discussions:
bullet"Where we are with gender equality";
bullet"Strategic plan for the European network for the years 2001 - 2003".
bulletTwo 5-days seminars:
bullet"How to improve the general and social education system for unemployed and disadvantaged women - the common European approach";
bullet"Mobility training and counselling as an important part of non-formal education for unemployed women to increase their self-esteem".
bulletDevelopment of the mobility training module for unemployed women.
bulletOrganising the mobility training session for twenty unemployed women under the prepared module, in Kaunas, Lithuania.
bulletCreation of a Home-page on the Internet, “European network of adult education organisation working on women’s employment issues” and increasing awareness .of the project through the national and international media.
bulletCreation of an Internet data base of adult education organisations providing training and retraining for unemployed and disadvantaged women.
bulletFinal conference of the project entitled, “New opportunities for co-operation on the solutions on women’s employment issues in Europe”.

  Project outcomes

bulletThe publication and distribution of a booklet on Women’s Employment and Gender Equality in Europe.
bulletA curriculum on counselling and mobility training for unemployed and socio-economic disadvantaged women.
bulletTwenty unemployed women will be trained in Lithuania under prepared training module.
bulletA Home Page on the Internet, entitled “European network of adult education organisations working on women’s employment issues”.
bulletA data base of the organisations providing training for unemployed and disadvantage women.
bulletA strategic plan by which the European network of adult education organisation working on women’s employment issues can operate.
bulletAn idea bank of the new tools and training models for lifetime non-formal training for unemployed and disadvantaged women.

Monitoring and evaluating of the project

bulletThe monitoring and evaluation of the project will be done by the project’s consultants from Sweden and Lithuania.
bulletEvaluation of the project’s progress will be conducted:
bulletduring two network meetings;
bulletat the final conference;
bulletby constant communication through E-mail.
bulletFeedback on the project’s impact will be received from the newly recruited network members through the information available on the Home Page.
bulletThe mobility-training module created during the project will be discussed with experts and master degree students of adult education studies at the Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas.
bulletTwo visits by the project Co-ordinator to the European Commission are planned.
bulletThe effectiveness and usefulness of the mobility training module will be tested at the SIF by organising a training session for unemployed women and receiving feedback from the clients.


bulletPublications in national and international newspapers and magazines are planned.
bulletA Home page in the Internet will be prepared to promote awareness of the project and recruit new members.
bulletThe publication and distribution of a booklet on Women’s Employment and Gender Equality in Europe will publicise the situations in all partner countries. The booklet will contribute to marketing of the project outcomes and recruiting of new network members.
bulletThe developed mobility training module will be available for the trainers in all countries.
bulletA strategic plan for the network activities for the years 2001-2003 will be developed to ensure the effective functioning of the network and dissemination of the project outcomes.

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