The empowerment of women around the world is one of the most remarkable revolutions of recent decades: millions of people who once depended on men have taken control of their own economic destinies.
Today, women make up the majority of professional workers in many countries. In the European Union alone, women have filled 6 out of the 8 million new jobs created since 2000.
Despite the general trend towards greater equality in society and in the labor market, progress remains slow and important differences still persist between men and women. Only 21% of the board members of the 620 largest companies in Europe in 2015 were women, and a recent study in Spain shows that 82% of the management positions and 68% of the middle management in our The country is still dominated by male professionals.
Following in the footsteps of the Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016-2019 adopted by the European Commission in 2015, the 'Women in Power' project aims to become a tool to support equality and gender balance in European boards of directors, providing women working in the traditional sectors (footwear, textile and furniture) the opportunity to acquire skills and competencies that improve their sectoral and managerial skills, thus promoting gender equality and the advancement of women in society European
'Women in Power' also wants to facilitate participation and access to education through a free online training available in several languages that will be specially designed to accommodate the training needs of a group of women who often have little secondary and tertiary education, but who have a deep knowledge about the industries in which they work.
To this end, the coordinating organization of this project, AMUEBLA, has brought together a consortium of seven European organizations specialized in sectoral and gender based projects that will contribute to spark the debate on women and leadership in traditional industries, as well as the need to educate women towards professional empowerment.
O1: Training path report
This first intellectual output will help to develop a comprehensive study that explores the two perspectives on the path that European women must travel to achieve executive and managerial positions. On the one hand, women who have already broken the glass ceiling will analyze what skills and competences have helped them move up within their professions. On the other hand, women who have been working in their respective traditional industries for years but have not reached boardroom positions, will provide the desired knowledge they believe could help improve their professional sectors from within.
Once these skills, competences and critical knowledge has been identified to paint a realistic picture of the women working in traditional sectors, the consortium will elaborate a final report compiling the conclusions obtained, which will be determinant to draft the training path necessary in order to achieve the objectives of the project.
O2: Learning content
The second intellectual output will be mainly focused on developing the formative content for the project according to the final analysis report compiling the conclusions obtained in the first output in order to enhance women's professional skills and help them in reaching top executive roles, therefore promoting gender equality and the advancement of women in Europe.
This means that all the necessary didactic materials for the learning units will be created: lecturing material, case studies, slides, learning activities and proposed practices, recommended readings, tests, etc. It is very important that all the contents are developed under a structure allowing self-directed, self-paced instruction.
The final content for each module will be decided during the project execution according to the results obtained in the report on executive management goal achievement for businesswomen in traditional sectors produced in the first intellectual output. Nevertheless, at this moment it seems to be useful to structure the modules around the soft skills learning.
O3: E-learning platform
The third and last intellectual output will produce as a result the online learning platform that will host the training curriculum that later will be made available to all public through an open online course (MOOC) that will be accessible in each one of the participant countries languages.
This e-learning platform does also want to serve a purpose of connecting women from across Europe who want to improve their leadership skills, so that they can have an online place to exchange experiences, make contacts with other professional women from different industrial sectors and in general raise awareness about the ability of women to achieve leadership positions and pursue career goals, thus changing attitudes in the society about women's presence in boardrooms.