Comprehensive report: Women with fewer opportunities (Erasmus+ Project HOPE)
The newly developed “Comprehensive report on women with fewer opportunities” is one of the core results of the Erasmus+ funded project HOPE – Helping wOmen gain POwEr in their lives, implemented by the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) as lead, with partner organizations Lifelong Learning Center from North Macedonia, Udruzenje Laris from Serbia, and Ljudska Univerza Velenje from Slovenia.
The HОPE Project
The aim of HOPE is to support counselling work and especially the identification of competences of women with regard to their (re-)integration into the labor market, through the development of various project materials that support counsellors in their work with the target group of women at risk of poverty. In this context, the central tool is ProfilPASS – a competence assessment instrument that will be adapted, tailored and adjusted to the target group. ProfilPASS aims to encourage women with fewer opportunities to identify their competences and strengths and thereby facilitate their (re-)integration into the labor market and society as well as empowering them and boosting their self-confidence.
Project target group
Women with fewer opportunities at a risk of poverty as a broad target group of the project HOPE, are in the focus of the comprehensive report. They are more specifically: women with interrupted employment or with part-time work, e.g., because they are/were in charge of childcare/caring for others, single or divorced women with children, victims of domestic and gender-based violence and women with low income. The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the precarious living situations of these women.
About the report
The “Comprehensive report on needs of women with fewer opportunities” provides overview of the actual needs and state of art of women with fewer opportunities, defined in broader sense. It reflects the summary of the findings of the national reports in four countries, involved in the HOPE project: Germany, North Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia.
This report was initiated and prepared to serve as starting point in the process of improvement, adaptation and adjustment of the already existing ProfilPASS as a competence assessment tool and its’ adjustment to the needs of women with fewer opportunities as well development of a Toolkit for Competence Assessment and Empowerment. The report provides analysis of the state of play with women with fewer opportunities in the project partner countries, that consisted of a desk research and a series of interviews with relevant stakeholders.
The main findings of this report provide indications of connecting elements identified in the needs of the target groups, and develop guidelines and recommendations of the potential implementation of the tool ProfilPASS adjusted to the women with fewer opportunities.
The Comprehensive report gives insights into following guiding questions:
What existing measures, initiatives or programs geared towards assisting and supporting women with fewer opportunities exist?
What measures exist for assessment and validation of competences?
What examples of good practice are already available?
How to make competences of women with fewer opportunities visible?
What should be included in addition to an adopted ProfilPASS?
The report findings at a glance
The “Comprehensive report: women with fewer opportunities” is a reliable source of up to date information and data on the general situation of women at risk of poverty, highlighting the various approaches and examples on national level in dealing with the challenges of this diverse target group. The Comprehensive report reflects on the general lack of systemic and sustainable solutions in the Balkan countries. On the other hand, it presents and sets a variety of examples of good practice of the efforts in Germany. In this sense, the project cooperation, such as the one of the project HOPE, is highly essential for transfer of knowledge and know how on dealing with the challenges of the women at risk.
The comprehensive report is a valuable source aiming at supporting the work of all stakeholders working with women at risk in the Balkan countries.
In the further course of the project, a toolkit containing the adapted ProfilPASS will be developed.
This will be followed by the development of a manual, a guide for working with the toolkit and the ProfilPASS, and a curriculum for counsellors. Finally, all materials will be tested, reviewed and further developed in a training phase with counsellors and women with fewer opportunities.
The comprehensive report and all other materials will gradually be made available as OER on the following project website: