Wonder Women
Erasmus+ training course in Kaunas, Lithuania

Erasmus+ training course “Wonder Women” (acronym WoW) took place in Kaunas (Lithuania) on 24-30 October 2018, involving 30 youth workers from six European countries. Project’s goal was to create an environment for youth NGOs where they could develop various competences and tools aimed at leadership building, personal branding and entrepreneurial learning as main tools to empower women through youth work. Here you can see video about public conference in Kaunas municipality:

“Wonder Women“ public conference

Sharing the moments from women empowerment public conference organized in Kaunas by our partner - “Integration Center“!Thanks to Vaidotas Zajarskas for the video.

Posted by EU Youth Projects on 2018 m. lapkričio 6 d., antradienis

The inspiration for the Project

The positive impact of having women leaders is widely recognised by several researches of the last decades. It’s demonstrated that companies with more women on board are more economically productive, while increasing the women role in politics makes institutions and policies more representative. Despite that, the underrepresentation of women in leading positions is still concerning. Youth organizations from Italy, UK, Spain, Greece, Poland and Lithuania gathered to play important role through awareness campaigns aimed at making the society recognize an equal status to women in the field of work and leadership and targeted initiatives such as workshops, trainings, support services aimed at building women self-confidence, leadership & entrepreneurial skills.

Objectives of the Project

To reach the key aim of the project, the following objectives have been set:

– Define the role of youth NGOs and youth workers and enhance their transversal skills in the field of women empowerment;
– Improve the quality of youth work by developing new tools and methods for women personal branding and leadership building;
– Share good practices of women empowerment in Europe and help youth NGOs and youth workers learn from each other;
– Raise public awareness about gender issues and women rights in Europe and promote the idea of women as strong, independent and capable member of the society.

Project’s Participants

30 youth workers from Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Greece, UK and Spain gathered in Kaunas to learn more about women empowerment. The project is designed for youth workers who have experience in working with women empowerment, leadership, gender issues and similar fields related to the project’s topic. The target participants are the ones who are willing to learn and further implement in practice how to empower women through their work with youth.

Project’s Activities

To achieve the goals and objectives of the project, a range of NFE methods created by the involved partner countries were employed. The main activities identified the benefits of youth participation in creating the means of spreading information about the idea to the public. Creativity, involvement and initiative of all the young people who participated were encouraged throughout the activities, which included:

I. Info sessions through Treasure Hunt activities, World Café discussions and role games;
II. Interactive workshops: – “How to Empower Women Through a Social Business” (by Dress for Success NGO)- “Get your women empowerment initiative funded”;
III. Workshop “Best Free Initiatives to Promote Women Empowerment”;
IV. Case interactive analysis through Theatre of The Oppressed;
V. Participants’ made workshops on women empowerment;
VI. How-to sessions on organizing public social initiatives and sports events as well as on marketing, communication and crisis management of those events aimed at women empowerment.
VII. Guest speaker Violeta Masteikiene has shared ideas and initiatives how to promote women empowerment
VIII. Panel discussion In Kaunas municipality (with youth & sports NGOs, government officials, women activists).
IX. How to Session: key things to know in making Online campaigns for women empowerment.
X. Reviewing the Marketing & Communication campaigns for the public events made prior the project.

Project’s schedule, activities & material:

Project’s success

Training course “Wonder Women” proved to be a success. The participants acquired and improved a number of skills and competencies required for the creation, promotion and support of initiatives aimed at women empowerment, and in general at gender equality. They analyzed gender issues on a global, European and national level. This mobility promoted a new attitude towards youth work. Most importantly, participants created strong bonds between each other so that they could implement further initiatives in the future for a long-term positive impact.

Moreover, youth workers also learned a number of generic skills. Such as how to express themselves in an international environment, present their ideas clearly and network with others. The project also helped the participants increase their social responsibility towards gender discrimination, enhanced their social skills and multilingualism, as well as stimulated their cultural exchange. At the same time, all the participants  learned how to effectively work in teams, since most of the activities required teamwork.