[:en]Massimo Milano with Quir: a success story enhanced by the project Pandora[:]

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Massimo and Gino represent much more than founders of a boutique. Massimo originally from Rome, and Gino from Milan, they have been an LGBTI couple for 40 years now, and together they decided to found Quir in Palermo 25 years ago, in the historical district of Ballarò. Quir specializes in the manufacturing of leather products, such as bags, belts, and wallets, handmade by its founders, who are now a symbol not only of a successful entrepreneurial story, but also of sexual freedom and human rights. “Palermo did not use to be as open-minded as today. 25 years ago, when we first moved here from Rome to open up the boutique, you could hardly see any LGBT around. We were the only ones and we had to overcome many cultural and social barriers, in addition to the economic issues of running a new business”, says Massimo inside Quir. She is President of the campaign Palermo Pride, an Advocacy Programme aimed at raising awareness about the rights of LGBTI people, and together with y she founded ARCI gay back in 1981, the very first association in Italy formed to represent the LGBTI community. “Prior to us, there was no formal association in Italy for the LGBTI community. We quickly became a reference point for many people who felt like they were living at the margins of society. Here they could be listened to, and we could all be ourselves”, she explains.
“You have to bear in mind that we started this peaceful battle when no one else in Palermo even knew what not being heterosexual meant. Civil unions between LGBTIs only became legal in 2016 in this country. People come to Quir to buy leather products of course, but there is much more to it than shopping. There is a sense of belonging and community based on these long-term battles”, Massimo proudly tells me. She remembers facing many difficulties with their business at the beginning. 

“For a long time we had practically no clients at all. Only recently we can say that local people here have accepted us into their community. Although I should say that I don’t like the term “accept” because being LGBTI is something natural and in that sense I don’t feel it should need to be accepted.”, she continues. When we ask her what advice she would give to women interested in opening up their own businesses she stresses how things have become much harder today because of high rates of unemployment. In addition, she thinks that women face a double barrier: One due to the general levels of unemployment faced by all young people today and the other due to gender discrimination at work and in society. “You need to be strong and determined, because as a woman you will always need to fight more than men in order to get what you want and what you are entitled to. The one advise I feel like sharing, is to always try to be creative. Creativity is what saved Gino and me, and of course Quir. Only if you are creative, you can truly be free to choose in life.”, she concludes.

 

For more information: www.facebook.com/quir.mg/[:]

[:en]Laura Di Fatta with Sartoria Sociale: a success story enhanced by the project Pandora[:]

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Laura Di Fatta and her co-workers truly are an example of how social work can go hand in hand with entrepreneurial business projects and personal development. They founded the social enterprise Sartoria Sociale in 2012 with the mission of transforming discarded textiles into resources by creating new clothes and items to be revitalized on the market. Sartoria Sociale is however also a project for giving opportunities to people with fewer opportunities who are excluded from the labour market, especially minorities such as migrants, incarcerated and victims of human trafficking. “The first step to restoring a person’s dignity, is to provide work,” Laura points out and talks about the importance of breaking down stereotypes by working with people in difficult life situations. For her and the other social workers at Sartoria Sociale this is closely connected to community development. When new customers enter our premises, they often presuppose that Sartoria Sociale is only a laboratory, but after learning about the tailors’ backgrounds, they understand that buying a product here supports community building and development. The fact they support a social enterprise which is standing up against corruption and blackmailing of local businesses, also makes their customers willing to spend more money on artisanal products because of the added ethical value. Sartoria Sociale takes part in the anti- Mafia movement “Addio Pizzo” which can be translated into “farewell protection money”. Laura explains that “this is a choice of legality, it’s a message. Those who come in here know that we are against these, let’s say, ‘mafia proceedings’, and our clients show a sign of respect for ‘the greater law’”.

Although Sartoria Sociale has become well-known in Palermo for their entrepreneurial, social and artisanal projects, balancing these three aspects can be challenging. An important part of their social work is the time-consuming training of new tailors which affects the productivity level and raises product prices. After spending some time in their shop and studio I however understand what Laura means when she describes the enterprise as a combination of social work, fashion and tailoring with a firm base in entrepreneurial self-development. Satorial Sociale’s philosophy is that everyone who comes to work in the cooperation has an entrepreneur in them. “Working as an entrepreneur is difficult; working as an entrepreneur and being a women is even more difficult,” Laura tells us when we ask her to share her experiences on female entrepreneurship, and while elaborating on the obstacles related to gender, she concludes with a positive note: “The fact that almost all of us are women, our president is a Nigerian women—gives an idea of redemption, social and professional redemption.” One the successes that women who work in Sartoria Sociale are achieving, is the opportunity to feel and act like entrepreneurs by transcending the stereotypical categories related to their gender. When we ask Laura about the advice she would give to women who want to become future entrepreneurs, she stresses the importance of self-confidence and to gather a team of people who share your values and principles. “Make your own work a commitment – this is a fundamental resource.”

 

Sartoria Sociale website: http://sartoriasociale.com[:]

[:it]Daniel Gonzalo Salinero: Dopo due mesi di mobilità il progetto Ireti entra nel vivo della seconda fase[:]

[:it]Daniel Gonzalo Salinero

Cesare Pavese, uno dei più importanti scrittori italiani del XX secolo, disse che le persone non ricordano i giorni, ricordiamo i momenti. In questi due mesi ho goduto di molti momenti che ricorderò per sempre. Momenti che mi hanno permesso di incontrare nuove persone e imparare, imparare molto. Conoscere in prima persona la terribile realtà affrontata dalle donne nigeriane immigrate che lasciano le coste della Libia e arrivano in Sicilia dal lontano Benin. Anche queste donne portano nel loro scarso bagaglio poche cose ma molti ricordi, non sempre buoni. Da questa triste realtà siamo stati in grado di parlare con il rappresentante delle donne nigeriane in un caldo pomeriggio di maggio nel quartiere  ZEN. Ci ha detto che è stato tremendamente difficile risolvere il problema a causa del potere delle mafie e della pressione (economica e psicologica) che esercitano sulle donne, costrette a prostituirsi.

Problema, quello della prostituzione, di cui stavamo parlando in Casa Mediterranea delle Done in seguito all’attuazione di una sfortunata e controversa legislazione comunale in materia. In questo stesso spazio ho anche avuto il privilegio di partecipare a una celebrazione in cui le donne nigeriane del Benin ci hanno offerto delizie gastronomiche e danze tipiche del loro paese. Un buon modo per ricordare, i ricordi e la nostalgia del tuo paese di origine. Né voglio dimenticare la visita al potente centro di accoglienza per gli immigrati senza pretese nel centro storico dell’ex ospedale psichiatrico o sartoriale Sociale a spazio modello requisita l’altra mafia, locali, per uno scopo nobile: quello di formare persone che sono ai margini dell’esclusione sociale, gli immigrati in molti casi, in modo che possano accedere al mercato del lavoro.

Oltre a questo lavoro sul campo, lavorando tutti i giorni in ufficio Stato Brado è stata una bella esperienza per la cordialità delle persone che vi lavorano e gli splendidi dintorni (nel centro storico di una città affascinante). Tutto questo è solo una piccola parte di questo progetto IRETI, che mi ha dato un’opportunità unica di formare e sensibilizzare. Sono pienamente convinto che questo progetto contribuirà a risolvere questo problema per ottenere un cambiamento reale e non uno di quei famosi “cambiamenti” lampedusani nella terra di Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa sono ben noti (fare un cambiamento in modo che tutto ciò che rimane lo stesso) .

 

Settimane dopo aver partecipato al progetto Ireti, è tempo di trarre conclusioni. Prima di tutto, devo sottolineare che questo mi ha permesso di conoscere a fondo un tema caldo come il traffico di donne (immigrati di origine nigeriana, che implica una maggiore vulnerabilità). Poche persone conoscono il percorso che queste donne svolgono dal città del Benin alle coste della Libia nelle mani delle mafie che li sfruttano sessualmente, questa conoscenza ha rafforzato la mia convinzione che una soluzione urgente a questo problema dovrebbe essere cercata a livello governativo, dalle istituzioni. Il problema sta peggiorando, è consigliabile agire nel più breve tempo possibile.La ricerca di soluzioni non è stata facile ma dal progetto abbiamo contribuito con il nostro bit.In questa ricerca abbiamo partecipato diverse persone provenienti da diversi paesi con cui ho sviluppato un buon Pertanto, questo progetto mi ha dato cose molto positive nel campo personale. Per quanto riguarda il settore professionale, devo dire che Ireti ha rafforzato la mia esperienza in altri progetti extraeuropei.

Soprattutto nel campo della gestione sociale e dei problemi e nella ricerca di soluzioni. D’altro canto, il lavoro sul campo si arricchisce sempre professionalmente, non ho il minimo dubbio. Per concludere, devo sottolineare che l’Italia è uno dei miei paesi preferiti nel campo della ricerca, quindi qualsiasi attività professionale o accademica sviluppata in questo paese è un pilastro del mio sviluppo formativo.[:]

[:en]Human trafficking has become a global concern[:]

[:en]Human trafficking has become a global concern; it affects every continent and every type of community and economy. It has become a significant problem considering 161 countries are reported to be a source for human trafficking, a transition or destination countries for human trafficking. There are many challenges that exist in helping the women that are being forcibly trafficked into Italy, but here, in Palermo, I had the opportunity of meeting some amazing people and NGOs that are trying their best in assisting them into changing their life.

 

Among the first organizations we have been involved with was Donne di Benin city – at the ceremony to honor Oba of Benin City, who invoked his power as the spiritual leader of Benin kingdom to nullify all the oaths of secrecy administered on all victims of human trafficking and urged them to speak out and seek assistance.These women mostly survivors of human trafficking and forced prostitution, aim to offer mutual support and alternatives to the other victims , their effort is also to create a network with other organizations to empower the women, so that they can control their own life.Many of the women first forced to prostitute themselves now do a bit of everything: they create tailoring works with reuse materials but also catering, Nigerian and African ethnic cuisine, traditional dances and songs and typical hairstyles.

 

 

Another amazing NGO that reached out on helping the victims of sexual trafficking is Sartoria Sociale – an organization that trains  and eventually employs those women that are seeking a job in tailoring. Sartoria is a beautiful business model: they receive donations in form of textiles and clothes which they reuse, change or modify from scratch,having also 5 permanent employees such as social workers and teachers . Not to mention that they are backed by own funds and European projects, and the place they are using right now is a space confiscated from the Mafia.

 

 

 

 

What shocked me the most when I got to Palermo and I started volunteering was not  the aggressive approach of the human traffickers nor the unstable and violent environemnt but the compassion of  the people trying to help the ones in need, the resistence that they show despite all the obstacles they had to overcome.  For all this, it is truly justified that this project is called IRETI. In Yoruba, ireti means hope.

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[:en]Now back in England, slightly sad to have left Palermo[:]

[:en]IRETI: Palermo, Month 2

 

 

As I write this, my 2 months in Palermo have already, sadly, come to an end- but the work we have started has only just begun.

 

With the aim of my 2 months in Palermo being to learn about the realities of the sex trafficking of Nigerian women in Palermo through not only hearing the stories about these women, and meeting the people from their community, we were also able to visit the institutions and organisations within Palermo who not only helped these people, but helped others from their community such as other immigrants and women who have fallen victim to not only sex trafficking and prostitution, but also domestic violence.

 

Our learning of these realities began with shadowing our mentor for the project, Alessandra, whom not only works with women but also runs laboratories in Zen, an underdeveloped and less privileged municipality of Palermo, with the children in order to help improve their English skills, and give them a place to not only socialise with other children, but to give them a space in which they can focus on their school work, and add emphasis to the importance of their education. In addition to this, Alessandra also introduced us to ‘Spazio per le Donna’ which is a safe space for women who are victims of various types of abuse, and whilst there we were able to hear first hand the harsh realities of the Nigerian women who had been sex trafficked and the tales of the juju(African black magic) that had been used to try keep these women captured- a curse that has since been lifted by the Benin ‘chief’ (an important person in an African community)

 

In addition, Alessandra, a mentor who put her all into making sure we were able to see both the positive and negatives of Palermo also took us to the Santa Chiara community, a place that has been purposed to house the immigrants that have flocked to Palermo, a place that intends to look after the immigrants through housing and helping them with their Italian skills. Through my own research I was able to find another place similar to this in Palermo called Centro Astalli which also houses immigrants, teaches them Italian, and feeds and clothes them.

 

I’ve mentioned many times that Palermo is a beautiful city, and that the negatives that cripple the people of the city is such a contrasting juxtaposition, but to know that so many organisations such as SatoriaSociale, a place where former prison inmates, immigrants and those who have been victims of sex trafficking can come to learn tailoring skills and work, exist restore your faith in the beauty and strong sense of community that is Palermo.

 

In my 2 months, although they were too short for my liking, I was able to learn a lot about the realities of Palermo. As a Nigerian, it was so rewarding to see such a strong African culture, to be able to mix with them and meet with them, and to join in on events that brought people together regardless of whether or not they were for a negative thing, such as the memorial for one mans wife, Francis, whom we met through H.Y.R.O. His wife sadly passed away on a boat that sunk whilst trying to cross the waters to come to Palermo. The memorial, held at H.Y.R.O’s headquarters in StatoBrado, is just one example of a community coming together to offer support to one of their own, support that was all the more touching due to the Italian community coming together with the Nigerian in a wonderful exchange of culture.

 

Now back in England, slightly sad to have left Palermo, yet still overwhelmed, I feel privileged that I was able to experience first had the ying yang of such an authentic city, and plan to come back in the future to do more work that can help improve the state of the communities within the beautiful yet crazy, Palermo.[:]

[:it]Saffron from the UK tells us about her impressions of IRETI project[:]

[:it]Arriving to and being in Palermo is a strange, yet wonderful experience. An authentic robust city, filled to the brim with loud, rich culture. Palermo seems somehow untouched by society and the greater world, and I’ve been told quite a few times that Palermo is the closest thing, in terms of living, to Africa.

 

For me, as an African who has never been to the motherland, it’s very interesting to witness a community, which is likened to Africa, but it is even more interesting as the African community is prominent and proud. A walk through Ballaro will show you just how much, but there is a lingering question that remains whens coming across this community “Where are the women?”

 

The streets are dominated with males, and it makes me wonder, as someone who is in Palermo to work on the IRETI project, which explores the sex trafficking of the Nigerian Benin women with H.R.Y.O, where are the women of the African community? They’re rarely seen, and I then begin to wonder about the things I have learnt so far during my time here in this project.

 

Joining our mentor Alessandra to meetings quite often at Casa Mediterranea delle Donna, where we were able to meet with other women who worked with organisations revolving around Domestic Abuse, Women’s Rights, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking and creating safe spaces for women, I was able to learn of a law that has been implemented in Palermo, one that has banned women, during peak tourist times, to be within certain areas wearing revealing clothes. This was to defer those women who are either prostituting or have been sex trafficked from working in a space that the tourists, or the locals would see, causing them to hide, or worse, to be trafficked elsewhere.

 

It’s absurd to think that behind Palermo’s initial encapsulating charm, that below the surface lays a world that is rife with violence, drug abuse, sex trafficking and a government that would rather hide than protect. A world that not only makes you think about the safety of the migrant women, but one that makes you think of Palermo’s systems in whole.

 

The little I’ve seen, and the little I’ve learnt in my stay here has been both worrying and comforting- on one hand I see a community that seems tight knit, freedom, a village mentality and spaces that have been created to help migrants, integrate cultures, protect women and keep the community spirit of Palermo alive; and on the other, I’ve seen first hand the poverty, the lack of opportunities, the lack of societal structure and the divide in class and culture.

 

Still, without a doubt, I can say that I have fallen in love with this city and the way of life here, but more must be done.[:en]Arriving to and being in Palermo is a strange, yet wonderful experience. An authentic robust city, filled to the brim with loud, rich culture. Palermo seems somehow untouched by society and the greater world, and I’ve been told quite a few times that Palermo is the closest thing, in terms of living, to Africa.

 

For me, as an African who has never been to the motherland, it’s very interesting to witness a community, which is likened to Africa, but it is even more interesting as the African community is prominent and proud. A walk through Ballaro will show you just how much, but there is a lingering question that remains whens coming across this community “Where are the women?”

 

The streets are dominated with males, and it makes me wonder, as someone who is in Palermo to work on the IRETI project, which explores the sex trafficking of the Nigerian Benin women with H.R.Y.O, where are the women of the African community? They’re rarely seen, and I then begin to wonder about the things I have learnt so far during my time here in this project.

 

Joining our mentor Alessandra to meetings quite often at Casa Mediterranea delle Donna, where we were able to meet with other women who worked with organisations revolving around Domestic Abuse, Women’s Rights, Prostitution and Sex Trafficking and creating safe spaces for women, I was able to learn of a law that has been implemented in Palermo, one that has banned women, during peak tourist times, to be within certain areas wearing revealing clothes. This was to defer those women who are either prostituting or have been sex trafficked from working in a space that the tourists, or the locals would see, causing them to hide, or worse, to be trafficked elsewhere.

 

It’s absurd to think that behind Palermo’s initial encapsulating charm, that below the surface lays a world that is rife with violence, drug abuse, sex trafficking and a government that would rather hide than protect. A world that not only makes you think about the safety of the migrant women, but one that makes you think of Palermo’s systems in whole.

 

The little I’ve seen, and the little I’ve learnt in my stay here has been both worrying and comforting- on one hand I see a community that seems tight knit, freedom, a village mentality and spaces that have been created to help migrants, integrate cultures, protect women and keep the community spirit of Palermo alive; and on the other, I’ve seen first hand the poverty, the lack of opportunities, the lack of societal structure and the divide in class and culture.

 

Still, without a doubt, I can say that I have fallen in love with this city and the way of life here, but more must be done[:]

[:it]Tina from Romania shares her first impressions of IRETI project[:]

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There is no doubt that the idea of volunteering abroad is a big leap of faith into the unknown, so when I first heard about “IRETI- Empowering Women and Strengthening Socioeconomic Integration” project in Palermo, I just said “No”. I thought I had multiple reasons to refuse: I was feeling I was too old to participate. I was frightened not to accommodate easily in a new city and environment. I feared not being able to fully relate to the topic or simply not being able to help enough. But then, I started to wondering myself if finding excuses for not going, not trying or not helping are actually..not helping me? So, with this in mind, I decided to give it a try, after all, in the worst case scenario, I could just call it quits and just return home. Useless to say that wasn’t the case. My first week here passed in a heartbeat, adjusting myself living in Palermo being surprisingly easy, as was discovering Palermo’s rich culture, history and of course the vibrant nightlife.

As the days passed and we started focusing on our project here, I started feeling overwhelmed. Our first task here implied research work: getting to know better the phenomenon of human trafficking, and we found out alarming numbers. In 2014, the trickle of a few hundred women a year grew to nearly 1,500. The following year, it increased again to 5,600. In 2016, at least 11,009 Nigerian women and girls arrived on Italian shores. The numbers for  2018 are expected to be in the same ascending line. The journey, for these girls is a nightmare of abuse and violence, many are forced into prostitution already in Libya in the so-called connection houses to start paying the debt contracted with traffickers at the time of departure – which varies between 20 and 50 thousand euros – and that is often signed by a voodoo ritual, known as juju oath. They believe that if they don’t fulfill their obligations, demonic spirits would haunt them daily and eventually drive them mad. The help exists, though; some organizations or NGOs are fully committed in assisting them to break free from their traffickers. Unfortunately, most NGOs initiatives to change the status quo are blocked due to the lack of funds and of the authorities’ disengagement to resolve the problem. Only an extremely small part of victims of human trafficking are are placed in a safe house, which is supposed to try to integrate them into European life with school and job training, with the goal of becoming independent. Having this information gathered, I wondered how these women felt physically, psychologically and emotionally after they escaped from that hell. Well, I met them through Donne di Benin City, an organization whose goal is freeing the victims, but at the same time making the voices of the victims heard by the public institutions. As surprising as it may be, these brave women found strength to laugh, enjoy life and look forward to the future with optimism and hopefulness.[:en]There is no doubt that the idea of volunteering abroad is a big leap of faith into the unknown, so when I first heard about “IRETI- Empowering Women and Strengthening Socioeconomic Integration” project in Palermo, I just said “No”. I thought I had multiple reasons to refuse: I was feeling I was too old to participate. I was frightened not to accommodate easily in a new city and environment. I feared not being able to fully relate to the topic or simply not being able to help enough. But then, I started to wondering myself if finding excuses for not going, not trying or not helping are actually..not helping me? So, with this in mind, I decided to give it a try, after all, in the worst case scenario, I could just call it quits and just return home. Useless to say that wasn’t the case. My first week here passed in a heartbeat, adjusting myself living in Palermo being surprisingly easy, as was discovering Palermo’s rich culture, history and of course the vibrant nightlife.

As the days passed and we started focusing on our project here, I started feeling overwhelmed. Our first task here implied research work: getting to know better the phenomenon of human trafficking, and we found out alarming numbers. In 2014, the trickle of a few hundred women a year grew to nearly 1,500.

 

The following year, it increased again to 5,600. In 2016, at least 11,009 Nigerian women and girls arrived on Italian shores. The numbers for  2018 are expected to be in the same ascending line. The journey, for these girls is a nightmare of abuse and violence, many are forced into prostitution already in Libya in the so-called connection houses to start paying the debt contracted with traffickers at the time of departure – which varies between 20 and 50 thousand euros – and that is often signed by a voodoo ritual, known as juju oath.

 

They believe that if they don’t fulfill their obligations, demonic spirits would haunt them daily and eventually drive them mad. The help exists, though; some organizations or NGOs are fully committed in assisting them to break free from their traffickers. Unfortunately, most NGOs initiatives to change the status quo are blocked due to the lack of funds and of the authorities’ disengagement to resolve the problem. Only an extremely small part of victims of human trafficking are are placed in a safe house, which is supposed to try to integrate them into European life with school and job training, with the goal of becoming independent. Having this information gathered, I wondered how these women felt physically, psychologically and emotionally after they escaped from that hell.

 

Well, I met them through Donne di Benin City, an organization whose goal is freeing the victims, but at the same time making the voices of the victims heard by the public institutions. As surprising as it may be, these brave women found strength to laugh, enjoy life and look forward to the future with optimism and hopefulness.[:]

[:it]CALL FOR PARTNERS – Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in Adult Education field under ERASMUS+ Programme.[:]

[:it]CALL FOR PARTNERS

 

H.R.Y.O. Human Rights Youth Organization is looking for partners for a

Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in Adult Education field

under ERASMUS+ Programme.

Duration of the project: 24 months

Deadline for candidature: March, the 25th

 

Summary of the project

According to the EASO 80% of Nigerian women arrive in Italy has been the victim of sex trafficking. Italy appears to be one of the most common destinations for these women who are recruited with promises of a better life. Once arrived in Palermo they are victims of human trafficking, placed in the prostitution market that is for many of them a trap which it is impossible to escape from. Besides, in Palermo they have an even more disadvantaged situation: they are often victims of violence (both physical and psychological) and social exclusion, not having the opportunity either to get out of prostitution or to find a support to profit opportunities present in the territory, which are already perceived as limited.

The main idea is to insert an even more disadvantaged target as a follow-up of an active project “Pandora – discovering European opportunities for female entrepreneurship” with the aim of fostering self-determination and self-employment; through the development of a network to which they can refer in order to improve their level of training and undertake new paths in life.

The main goal of the new project “IRETI – Empowering Women and Strengthening Socioeconomic Integration” is to develop an educational path for disadvantaged women and to share best practices in the field of economic integration and female entrepreneurship. This project aspire at creating an international cooperation in order to ameliorate the impact of each partner organization and increase the employability and the entrepreneur spirit of women thanks to the sharing educational path and to the use of new tools and methods successfully experimented by the other partners.

The partners will be selected based on their experience in the specific field of adult education. The choice will take into account the expertise of each partner in order to create a complete framework including different aspects of education, work methods and specific tools.

During this 2 years long project, beyond three transnational partners meeting, the project will include specific learning mobility for the staff and two joint mobility for the women beneficiaries and staff in order to work together and make them exchange experience and ideas.

Relay Race Staff Mobility

The project foresees 4 long-term staff mobility (two months each) in order to give the chance to four volunteers/social workers/youth workers of each Association/Institution to work with another organisation and experience its tool and methodologies. During the mobility experience the person involved will be a part of the hosting organisation and will receive a training-on-the-job on the specific tool/instrument and a deeper knowledge of the methodology behind it. Once back the volunteers/social workers/youth workers will participate to a relay race moment with the next youth worker in order to pass him/her all the information about the mobility and will organize and coordinate the local activity concerning what he/she experienced during the mobility period.

Local Activities and activities for staff and target groups

The volunteers/social workers/youth workers who will experience the mobility will organize and coordinate the local teaching activity using tools and methodologies such as non-formal education. The local activities will last two months each and be divided in four different topics: ITC literacy, intercultural language learning, vocational courses and female entrepreneurship skills.

There will also be two short mobilities, which will involve the women beneficiaries and the staff members. The mobilities will take place after two local activities in order to give the chance to the disadvantaged women involved to meet other women with different background, context and experience and to share ideas for the future follow-up projects.

Consortium and sharing of best practicesThe main idea of this process is to build capacities and skills, on one hand to form volunteers/social workers/youth workers that operate in the social field targeting women and on the other hand to give disadvantaged women the opportunity to learn ITC and foreign language basis, to develop several competences and sense of entrepreneurship that are useful for their inclusion in the labour market.

The communication between partners will happen through emails and Skype call to organize and share information about the transnational meetings and mobilities.

The consortium priority is to share the best practices in the field of adult education and to enhance hard and soft skills of the two main target groups. The two targets will be also the main element for the dissemination activities of the project being an integral part of the project and a key to an integrated best practice view and application. The intellectual output of the project will be an online Platform, a Guideline book with all the methodologies and tools experienced during the project meetings.

If you are interested in taking part in this project please send the fulfilled Partner Description Form to Senem Kalafat on senem.kalafat@hryo.eu until the 25th of March!

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