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Seminar: Engagement of Women in Politics and Entrepreneurship

Dates: 23-28 September 2019

Venue: Beirut, Lebanon

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Southern Mediterranean countries

Application deadline: 14th August 2019

The Seminar would be an opportunity to gather youth workers who have a specific interest in promoting at national and international level the empowerment of young women in politics and entrepreneurship and in creating projects focused on this topic.

General Description

Italian National Agency of Erasmus+ Youth in cooperation with SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed, French National Agency of Erasmus+, UK National Agency and GIZ Lebanon (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) and local NGOs and Institutions will organise from 23th (arrival day) to 28th (departure day) September 2019 in Lebanon a Seminar about the Engagement of Women in Politics and Entrepreneurship and the specific role that youth work can have in supporting their empowerment.

The activity is also part of the Strategic Partenrship “Youth@Work” among the European National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres responsible for the neighbouring regions Euromed, Eastern Europe and Causasus, South East Europe and the Salto RC Training & Cooperation.

The meaningful participation of women in national, local, and community leadership roles has become an important focus on global development policy. Still, some may ask why it matters if women become political leaders, elected policymakers, or civil society activists. Why does the world need more women involved in all aspects of the political process? Women’s political participation results in tangible gains for democracy, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future.

So, why women in politics? So, why women in social entrepreneurship? The positive impact of women in politics is undeniable. Kofi Annan noted, “study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity or to reduce child and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation.” Further, as Madeleine Albright has stated, the world is wasting a precious resource in the dramatic under-representation of women in leadership positions, often resulting in the exclusion of women’s talents and skills in political life.

The role of women also in social enterprises as leader and decision makers is very low: how can be supported and which direction can be taken?

The Seminar would be an opportunity to gather youth workers and youth leaders who have a specific interest in promoting at national and international level the empowerment of young women in politics and entrepreneurship as well in creating more international projects that can link different realities and experiences.

During the seminar, the participants will be able to share their own practices and identify quality elements that youth work should take in consideration when comes to support competencies developments of women in politics and entrepreneurship.

Objectives:

  • To better understand the Lebanese reality (local and national) about women in politics and social entrepreneurship;
  • To be aware about the “participatory dimension” of women in politics and social entrepreneurship;
  • To share between participants the “models” of understanding being political and social engaged
  • To overcome stereotyping role of women in politics and in social entrepreneurship
  • To discover good practices and tools about women in politics and social entrepreneurship lead by women
  • To strength opportunities of international projects.

Target Group

The seminar will be open for 25 international participants (from Programme Countries and South Mediterranean countries), both women and men. The training would be open to:

  • who is dealing directly with young people as youth workers, trainers, VET providers, ect;
  • who is active in the field of women empowerment in politics and social entrepreneurship;
  • women active in politics or in social entrepreneurship;

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

If you will be selected for this event, your accommodation and travel costs relevant to your participation in the seminar will be covered by the National Agencies

Your sending National Agency will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA or SALTO involved in this project, to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA or SALTO involved in this project, to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country

Application

 

Organiser:

Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani ANG – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • SALTO EUROMED Resource Centre
  • UK National Agency

Phone: +93.06.3759.1248

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsProgramme Women Entrepreneurship in Lebanon.pdf

Contact for questions:

Alessia Cecchini

E-Mail: a.cecchini@agenziagiovani.it

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.