Began in 2010, the Winnet 8 project aimed to get more women into work and creating new businesses as a means of boosting growth across Europe’s regions. As well as this personalised approach, it also set out to shape regional, national and EU-level policies that relate to women’s status in the labour market and ensure these approaches are integrated into mainstream policies. In this way, addressing, at the level of policy development, the challenges that exist and that can make it difficult for women to secure jobs or further their careers in certain sectors and roles.
Building on expertise
Bringing together nine regions in eight member states (Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom) the project drew on the best practice that exists across Europe to develop ways to support women. It especially aimed to spread the model of the Woman Resources Centres developed in Sweden - a network of grassroot-run centres that offer support to women with the overall aim of serving as a tool for promoting gender equality - throughout Europe.
The main target group of the WRCs is women who want to realise their ideas for new businesses, innovation, employment, projects etc. The WRCs provide these women with business counselling, education, training, project development and finance, enterprise support, mentoring and joint action networks at different levels (local, regional, national and international