Female Entrepreneurs: Mentoring and Lifelong learning across Europe

International Women's Day on 8th March PDF Print E-mail
Written by Valentina Tartari   
Monday, 12 March 2012 10:59

womens_day The history of International Women’s day dates back to 1909 in    America, where it was originally celebrated as the International      Working Women’s Day. The day is celebrated annually on the 8th of  February around the world. Despite the great advances we have  made since 1909, women are still undervalued in the labour force  and the Gender Pay Gap is a good indicator of the underappreciation  of women in the labour force;  it currently stands at an average of  17.5% for the EU27.

It is therefore important to boost women’s position in the labour market, encourage them to set up their own businesses and make employers aware of the discriminatory factors in recruitment and promotion processes.

The fe:male project has been actively promoting and encouraging wider numbers of women facing double disadvantage to start up businesses and take control of their own employment opportunities. Mentoring Circles, which are a part of the fe:male project have been able to help a great number of women from different backgrounds to successfully gain more confidence and tools to confront new challenges and turn them into a positive force in their lives. fe:male represents just one of the ways in which we can try to close the gap between men and women in the labour market.