European Network of Women from Rural Areas (ENWRA): Project Findings

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The purpose of this two year funded project through Grundgtvig Lifelong Learning was to look at the issues that face women finding employment or setting up their own business in rural areas. The project partners from Spain, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Cyprus and the UK took part in study visits hosted in each of their regions to explore the common issues facing women seeking employment in rural areas, how the problems had been addressed in each region and to share best practice that could be transferred to other regions. Continue reading

ENWRA European Network for Women from Rural Areas: Project Meeting Poland 18 – 21 June 2015

The study visit in Poland was the final meeting of the ENWRA project signifying the end of the 2 year project which looked how women create businesses in rural areas. This study visit was planned to coincide with the midsummer festival which is a festival recently created by the women in the area to celebrate not only the longest day in the year but the traditional crafts, music and dance of the area.

The meeting began when participants from Spain, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Cyprus and N Ireland arrived in Krakow on the 18 June 2015. The next morning the participants walked to the main square and the old covered market before leaving for the rural area of Krzeszowice. The group met with the Mayor before receiving a presentation which gave an overview of the region. Various women spoke to the participants about their work in the rural area, much of it was run on a voluntary basis to support women living with cancer and support parents of children with disabilities. The next few days provided participants with the opportunity to meet women and see the range of crafts and businesses they were involved in.

The meeting ended with the midsummer festival. A spectacle of music, dance and a parade of lights to the lake for a fire show. The women helped to prepare traditional flower garlands which are work for the parade.

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ENWRA European Network for Women from Rural Areas: Project Meeting Cyprus 29 – 31 March 2015

ENWRA is a trans national project exploring the issues women face in rural areas with partners from Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK.

The project started in October 2013 with the first meeting in Spain. This purpose of this meeting in Cyprus was to review what had been achieved during the project before the final meeting and visit takes place in Poland in June 2015.

One of the main tasks was the development of a website to share the activities undertaken by the partners during the term of the project. The ENWRA website provides background information to the project, the work plan and meetings that took place in with newsletter and pictures.

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Meetings and visits to other project partners take place on the following dates:
Spain 9 – 13 October 2014
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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This project is funded under the Lifelong learning Programme. Disclaimer: “ This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication 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.”

ENWRA European Network for Women from Rural Areas: Project Meeting Germany 10 – 13 December 2014

In December it was the turn of the German partner to host a visit to Welver-Dinker, a rural area in the district of Soest.

The visit to Germany was the fifth visit to take place between the partner of the ENWRA project, part of a programme of visits funded through The European Network of Women from Rural Areas (ENWRA) which is a partnership between organisations in Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

The visit began with a formal meeting to discuss the project work plan and to review the objectives which had been achieved and what needed to be completed. After the meeting participants had the opportunity to meet women from this rural area. Visits included a visit to a real shop where a women sold English decorations, a woman’s farm and agricultural business models for apartments and rentals.

The group heard from Rural Youth, and from young women of Lohne before enjoying a performance of the men’s choir from Dinker.

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Newspaper/ Press Report on Study Visit to Germany

Meetings and visits to other project partners take place on the following dates: Spain 9 – 13 October 2014 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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ENWRA European Network for Women from Rural Areas: Project Visit Turkey 8 – 13 October 2014

enwra_5The European Network of Women from Rural Areas (ENWRA) is a partnership between organisations in Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

Heather McLaughlin, The Rural Centre is the Northern Ireland partner and over the next two years will work with the other six partners to look at the problems women face creating employment in rural areas and how to overcome them. Over the 2 year project each of the partners hosts a visit to their region to share how women develop business ideas in rural areas. Visits have taken place in Spain, Cyprus, Hungary and N Ireland. In October it was the turn of the partners from Turkey to host a visit to their region of Konya.

Heather was accompanied by Shauna Gallagher from Nature’s Inspiration who hosted the group at her shop in the Buttermarket, Enniskillen during their visit to Fermanagh in June 2014 where they met and visited a number of women entrepreneurs.

The ENWRA partnership is funded through Grundgtvig Life Long Learning Programme to deliver a programme of meetings and visits hosted by each of the seven partners to their regions to provide women with the opportunity to look at how women create employment in rural areas.

In Turkey the participants visited the Department of education and Komek Centre which provides vocational training for women. The main challenges faced by women included an outflow of young people to cities seeking education and employment due to a shortage of opportunities in their own area. The older women who were left in rural areas tended to work in factories and very few had set up their own business even though they were skilled in local crafts such as dress making, sticking and art. Because of lack of women entrepreneurs in the area to act as role models to show what was possible the women did not value these skills as the potential to create employment for themselves. There still existed poor local infrastructure to support women who wanted to work with limited local transport and a lack of affordable childcare to support women who wanted to work.

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Newspaper/ Press Report of study visit to Turkey

Meetings and visits to other project partners take place on the following dates: Spain 9 – 13 October 2014 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 EU_flag_LLP_EN-01

This project is funded under the Lifelong learning Programme. Disclaimer: “ This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication 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.”

ENWRA European Network for Women from Rural Areas: Project Visit to Hungary 1 – 4 August 2014

enwra_5The visit to Hungary 1 – 4 August 2014 is part of a programme of visits funded through The European Network of Women from Rural Areas (ENWRA) which is a partnership between organisations in Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland, Turkey and Northern Ireland.

The ENWRA partnership is funded through Grundgtvig Life Long Learning Programme to deliver a programme of meetings and visits hosted by each of the seven partners to their regions to provide women with the opportunity to look at how to address the difficulties women face as a result of rural isolation such as lack of employment and poor childcare support to share and learn from each other.

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 to look at the problems women face in rural areas and how to overcome them.

Following a visit to N Ireland in June four women from Fermanagh and Tyrone who hosted visits to their projects and enterprises were invited to participate in the visit to Hungary: Joan McCool, NIRWIN and Fist Steps Women’s Centre, Teresa O’Loughlin, Network for Enterprising Women and Marketing Consultant,  Pauline Gilmartin, Owner of Gilmartin’ craft shop and Carmel Campbell, Women of the World Network.

The visit began in Budapest with a sightseeing visit of the city on Friday 1 August 2014 before meeting CoachOk Professional Association, the national women’s civil organisation for an overview of the situation of women in Hungary. Over the following few days participants from the seven partner regions travelled to the rural areas of Békéscaba, Medgyesegyhzà and Nagybànhegyes. Meetings with rural women included the Community Developement Assosiation of Békés county, Women’s Associations in Rural Areas, Cultural Organisations, visits to rural businesses run by women as well as participating in a famous watermelon festival as guests of the Mayor of Békéscaba.

Participants heard about specific issues faces by women from the Slovak Nationality Council and the Association for the Romanian Tradition as well as caring for the elderly and disabled from the Home Care Social Public Association and the Medgyesegyháza and Bánkút Disabled Association.

Hungary is the fourth visit delivered by the ENWRA project. 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. Once they leave the rural area they rarely return leaving ageing populations and an area facing economic decline which makes it less attractive for investment to encourage young people to return. Women in the area are very creative and many still carry on traditions in tapestry, lace making and other handicrafts. However, they do not see the potential of turning theses skills into businesses for themselves.

ENWRA Newsletter Hungary

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Meetings and visits to other project partners take place on the following dates:
Spain 9 – 13 October 2014
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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EU_flag_LLP_EN-01 This project is funded under the Lifelong learning Programme. Disclaimer: “ This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication 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.”