10 Erasmus+ projects that empower women

Published:
07/03/2019

For women’s day, we’re highlighting some Erasmus+ projects which work towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

For over thirty years, the EU has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled over three million students from all walks of life to expand their horizons through study and training. The programme has also become a cornerstone of equal opportunity, with many of its projects directly invested in building a society that celebrates gender equality.  On Women’s day, we’d like to highlight some Erasmus+ projects that are empowering women to lead the way. 

Promoting European Social economy Strategies and social entrepreneurship for inclusion of disadvantaged women in labour market (PRESS)

Strategic Partnerships for VET - Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Italy

This Erasmus+ project in the field of Vocational Education & Training fights against poverty and social exclusion , particularly among Roma women. The project aimed to raise awareness and use of WISE – work integration social enterprises – to give concrete employment opportunities to women who are far from the labour market.

Spiritus Movens: Women worldwide are empowered through the written word

Etwinning - Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, Poland and Finland

Women worldwide are empowered through the written word. Etwinning, the community for schools in Europe, brings teachers and other staff together around projects like this one.  The output here is simply amazing – blogs, articles and research into the condition of women in societies across the planet – with excellent insight for next steps in policy, education and social programmes.

Girls4Girls 2017

Youth Mobility - Iceland and Germany

The most powerful way to bring lasting social benefits to a country is to expand educational and economic opportunities for girls.  Girls4Girls therefore focused on building education opportunities q – particularly in countries that limit women’s right to education.  It does this campaigning for policy change, and also by donating from the ground up – providing shoes, clothes, books, backpacks, and school supplies to girls with an interest in learning.

SheRuns

Sport

This landmark project spanning five continents and 35 countries seeks to reinforce the importance of health, empowerment and leadership in youth – particularly for young women.  From 12 -15 March, a series of events in cultural and tourist centres across Europe will celebrate the difference sport can make to learning, physical ability and leadership potential. Their goal? To change girls into community leaders through sport.

Female Academic Role Model Empowerment, Equality and Sustainability at Universities in the Southern Mediterranean Region

Capacity Building in Higher Education - Syrian Arab Republic, Jordan, Lithuania, Spain, Germany, Lebanon

Erasmus+ is international. This capacity-building project brought together higher education institutions across five countries to improve the situation and representation of female academics. Through coming together, researching, mapping and exchanging best practices, the project will equip universities with strategies and tools to become centres of equality and sustainability, supporting female academics, and opening up new areas of research into gender equality, sustainability and female empowerment.

GirlsTech

Strategic partnerships for VET - Netherlands, Slovenia, Romania, Estonia, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Finland

To be able to compete worldwide, Europe needs to help women reach their potential in STEM-related fields.  This issue is addressed in Girlstech, a multinational Erasmus+ project in the field of Vocational Education & Training that uses peer learning to better understand how change to education and social infrastructure can bridge the gap for women in science.

Gender and Philosophy: Developing learning and teaching practices to include underrepresented groups

Strategic Partnership for Higher Education - Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway

The Erasmus+ project Gender and Philosophy consist of four individual summer schools held at the participating universities in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Each summer school addresses certain aspects of gender and philosophy and contributes to the development of the Joint Nordic Master Program in Feminist Philosophy. 

GEMMA – Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies

Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands

GEMMA is unique in the way it brings together approaches to feminism from all points in Europe in one multi-country Master course. Created as a result of the concerted efforts of several universities working together within the ATHENA network, the GEMMA Consortium represents the harmonization of eight different institutions from six European countries.

Las Mujeres de mi familia

Strategic partnership for schools

Las Mujeres de mi familia’s main objective was to analyse the empowerment processes of women, starting from the environment of our students, in order to know and deepen the circumstances that favor said empowerment.  This Erasmus+ mobility project brought together school pupils from France, Italy and Spain, and encouraged the involvement of families in its research – working to build an equal society from the ground up.

Foro Poliédrico: Igualdad

Dialogue between young people and policy makers around gender equality – KA3 Support for Policy Reform

Erasmus+ also provides support for policy reform by funding projects such as this one, which brought together young people from all backgrounds and policymakers in Spain. In a non-formal education setting, participants discussed ways to better address gender imbalances in society. Together, they created policy recommendations and concrete proposals for local municipalities.

Conclusions

Projects such as these highlight how the Erasmus+ Programme offers courses for individuals across the world - regardless of gender.  It also shows how much work there is to be done to guarantee women continue to be a focus of education and training programmes.  Women make up some of the best and brightest in our societies; it's important we draw attention to the work that has been and continues to be done to ensure equal opportunties for all. 

More information on these and all Erasmus+ projects can be found on the project platform