The European Network of Women from Rural Areas (ENWRA) held its first meeting in Spain 9 – 13 October 2013.
ENWRA is a partnership between lead organisations in Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK.
Heather McLaughlin, The Rural Centre/ Europe Direct NI is the co-ordinator from Northern Ireland and over the next two years will work with the partner organisations throughout Europe and with rural women’s groups in this region to share best practice.
The partnership is funded through Grundgtvig Life Long Learning Programme and the aim of the partnership is to share the experiences of women across these regions to look at the problems they face and how to overcome them.
ENWRA’s Objectives are: To explore different aspects of women in rural areas such as culture, traditions To explore working conditions and entrepreneurship opportunities for women To improve access to Information technologies and educational opportunities To promote social and civic participation of women in local communities To promote volunteering and other opportunities
The first meeting was hosted by the partners from Spain in the Rubielos de Mora, a beautiful village in the mountainous area in the province of Teruel.
The participants shared the main challenges faced by women in their regions and a common theme emerged with rural areas in general facing a decline due to an outflow of young people to cities seeking education and employment due to a shortage of opportunities in their own area, leaving ageing populations, poor local transport and lack of affordable childcare to support employment.
The meeting agreed a programme of study visits to be hosted by each of the seven partners to their regions to provide rural women with the opportunity to meet other women, to share and learn from their experiences.
Meetings and visits to other project partners will take place on the following dates:
Cyprus: 6 – 9 February 2014
Northern Ireland 4 – 8 June 2014
Hungary 1 – 4 August 2014
Turkey 9 – 13 October 2014
Germany 10 – 14 December 2014
Cyprus 29 – 31 March 2015
Poland 19 – 22 June 2015
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