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EmPower: From Dream to Action

Portugal

Project Facts

Project objective: Empowerment of vulnerable groups
Project promoter: Portuguese Network Youth for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men
Type of institution: Advocacy organization (NGO)
Project number: PT05-0138
Target group(s): Roma, Non governmental organisation,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 62,007
Final project costs: € 60,582
From EEA Grants: € 0
The project is carried out in: Portugal

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This is a project under the programme: Funds for Non-governmental Organisations
Priority sector: Civil Society

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Summary of project results

 

40 to 60 thousand Roma live in Portugal. Marginalization and exclusion hamper access to work and to several social support systems. The National Strategy for the Integration of Roma Communities (2013-20) recognises Gender Equality (GE) as an inalienable dimension of its success. Women indeed play a key role in perpetuating values and traditions and therefore should be mobilised to have an active role as agents of change. However they face greater challenges in their gender inequality (multiple discrimination) and have little power of negotiation and affirmation within their community. Empowerment of Roma women becomes then crucial to achieve behavioural changes. 11 Roma women were empowered and trained on social entrepreneurship, out of the 13 initially involved in the training actions. The municipality of Seixal has decided to offer a location for a multi-services centre where these 11 women launched and manage together 4 projects: cafetaria, beauty salon, health centre and child artistic development centre. The project included 42 hours of training to improve writing skills, social competences useful for the labour market and social entrepreneurship; 2 residential meetings of 3 days each; 8 study visits; and the publication of a book with good practices and the methodology used (emphasising the importance of mediators). This project was awarded the prize “Miguel Portas” for inclusion and was pre-selected as a Portuguese good practice to fight women poverty by the European Institute of Gender Equality. The promoter NGO and its partners report improvements on project development and implementation, on intercultural dialogue and on gender issues.

 


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