Business Women`s Association/Asocijacija poslovnih zena-PAZ
The 21st century has witnessed progress in gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, esp. Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Yet, in developing countries, women and girls are still among the most vulnerable groups in their societies, still seeking benefits proscribed by the legislation in force and a more visible women’s economic and social empowerment. The focus of our proposal is thus moving faster towards better results.
Novi Sad (Serbia), Porec (Croatia), Sofia (Bulgaria)
The major challenge is women's employment, esp. young ones in all three states since there are many of them working in the informal sector. Women's self-employment and employment in small family companies / businesses is one of the fastest ways out for them, as well as the green economy which is still insufficiently recognized and practiced in the project target countries. This is why the project aims at the challenge of improving the so-far results in all three participating countries.
The overall aim is economic empowerment of women as a vulnerable group in the participating countries and their increased engagement in the 'green economy' sector. It will be achieved by raising the level of women's knowledge, esp. young ones, in starting their own business in the green economy sector and networking on a regional, national and trilateral level with an aim of experience-sharing and applying internationally recognized positive practice.
Three workshops (Novi Sad, Porec and Sofia) - topics: green economy, waste management, organic agriculture on small farms, sustainable tourism and visits to women running SMEs in these fields. Participants network and initiate an online discussion group. A women's green club in Novi Sad is founded as a baby-friendly place for young women to get educated on green economy, consult with experts, share experience and plan (joint) projects. Visiting Slovenia or Hungary for a best-practice exposure trip and a final project conference focusing on lessons learnt.
The target group are young women with limited access to employment, despite the fact that they are on average better educated than men, they show great interest in environment protection and in working in the green economy sector.