The main objectives of the WOMAN XXI project were:
Improving the support services for the modernization and development of small and medium-sized enterprises run by women,
emphasizing the role performed by women in local economic life. - Improvement of women's position in SMEs.
Favoring the participation of women in management posts
Designing and putting into practice new mechanisms which make possible the access of women into the labor market. Searching for new methods and transferable patterns.
Cooperation and exchange of European experiences in the field of improving women's accessibility to employment.
Export of our "Know-how."
They encourage the exchange of knowledge and results of the experimentation of new methods by transferring conclusions between partners from different countries where similar programs and strategies are developed.
The first stage of project activities was based on research on the training and support needs for the development of SMEs run by women and analysis of the resources they had in their area and the profile of enterprising and businesswomen we would work with. Once we had that background information, we supported ambitious women by two different means: advisory services and training. All countries offered advisory services to women from the other working regions by creating new cabinets and centers in Spain, Italy, or Estonia or by strengthening the existing services in Greece and Sweden. Each country selected enterprising and businesswomen to be trained in all training lacks marketing, business management, exports, IT, business plan making, creation of companies, accounting practices, etc. At the same time, different events were held, such as the Swedish Conference "Woman in Business" on conditions of women in the labor market and in small scale business in Europe and an International Fair of Business Women held in Estepa (Spain) on February 2002. Disclosure activities have also been vital for project achievement. We have carried out different publications in all countries for awareness-raising and encouraging purposes as a Labour Didactic Guide, an overview of the research done in each country, a Handbook of Good Practices, the Report Business Women, and finally, the Video Woman XXI, which pictures the whole project.
In all countries, there has been a huge expectation and participation by enterprising and businesswomen. For that reason, lots of women have benefited from our activities. They have improved their skills, have strengthened their business, and new enterprising run by women have also been created. One added value of the project is the creation of different networks at the national and international level of organizations, working to help both new-starters and entrepreneurs and existing SMEs run by women, networks of businesswomen, and networks of partners with different interests the International Association Woman XXI.
The following bodies were involved: (1) APROMUR, Association for the Progress of Women in Rural Areas / Spain, (2) Provincia di Novara / Italy (3) Kalmar County Administration Board / Sweden (4) Joelähtme Municipality Government / Estonia (5) Municipality of Papagos / Greece.
The budget of the WOMAN XXI Program amounted to 831,764 €.
(i) to improve support services for the modernization and development of small and medium-sized enterprises run by women, highlighting the role of women in local economic life. (ii) Improving the position of women in mass media. (iii) Promoting the participation of women in managerial positions; (iv) Designing and implementing new mechanisms enabling women to access the labor market; (v) Searching for new methods and transferable models; (vi) cooperation and exchange of EU experiences in the area of improving the access of women to the labor market; (vii) exporting Know-how; Top of Form
(viii) - (ix) Encouraging the exchange of knowledge and the dissemination of the results of the experimentation of new methods by (ix) encouraging the exchange of knowledge and the results of the experiment of new techniques by transferring conclusions between partners from different countries where similar programs and strategies have been developed. The following bodies were involved: (1) APROMUR, Association for the Progress of Women in Rural Areas / Spain, (2) Provincia di Novara / Italy (3) Kalmar County Administration Board / Sweden (4) Joelähtme Municipality Government / Estonia (5) Municipality of Papagos / Greece. The budget of the WOMAN XXI Program amounted to 831,764 €