New Opportunities for Women

EU-Programme: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education
Coordination: EVOLVE (United Kingdom)

Duration: October 2019 – September 2021


There is still a long way to go before women achieve true parity. The gap varies from country to country, but shortfalls are still very apparent. A substantial number of women are underrepresented across Europe, and this is significantly higher among women with migrant background.

In 2017, the share of females among all international migrants reached 52 per cent in Europe – women migrating not just as partners and dependents, but also as independent agents in search of work and opportunities. Yet, once they arrive, they are often marginalised, and face well known transversal gender related challenges: (1) Those women in leading positions are significantly lower paid than men in those roles, (2) male dominant environments can be a challenge for some of women’s progress, (3) women can also face challenge and lack of support from other women, (4) women and girls are often discouraged from what are considered non-female roles and positions, (5) rate of pay often lower for women, as proven in recent gender pay gap articles in the news, (6) work-life balance as women often take on the home maker, caregiver roles in addition to work, (7) fewer career opportunities (…)

NOW breaks boundaries for boosting a key strategic partnership. The project will create a transnational network – UK, Cyprus, Ireland, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Portugal – of valuable support through peer learning, share experiences and discuss emerging good practices.

This will create a unique and dynamic community of practice to address how key challenges are experienced and will tackle advancement with a multifaceted and flexible approach, targeting to empower women with migrant background, enhance their leadership aspirations and competences and provide venues for networking and integration.

After the end of the project, partners are committed to continue the NOW’s community of practice and deliver further training and mentoring initiatives not only to migrant women but also to any women to support their advancement into leadership roles and take ownership.

Project Nº 2019-1-UK01-KA204-061406

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.