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Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development MORE website is now available online

The MORE official website represents a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts, and will be the OER platform for target groups to access MORE resources and training materials. MORE is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women. The realities of women's lives in rural areas have become more diverse in recent decades. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multi-faced context of their families (i.e. child and elderly care) and social and labour ties. This multiplicity of roles contributes significantly to improvement of their families' quality of life, as well as rural socio-economic development, civic engagement, and ways of rethinking the territorial contexts. According to the EU Parliament, the multifunctional role of women is essential to save rural areas in Europe, whose population is expected to shrink to almost 8M by 2050, in contrast with a fast-growing urban population that will reach 24M by 2050. Rural women still face serious disadvantages, compared not only to rural men, but also to urban women. Due to the structural drawbacks of local labour markets, women have to out-migrate from rural areas at a higher rate than men. Yet, for older generations, the domestic caregiver role is a significant barrier to mobility. Rural women are more dissatisfied with educational and employment opportunities in their regions. Moreover, they contribute significantly to the farming sector in terms of working time in agriculture. However, only 30% of farm holdings in the EU are officially owned by women. Most of the time, official documents, rights, and representation within farm associations or local groups are in the name of their male counterparts. Although rural women's multifunctional role has been stressed by EU decision-makers, it is actually not endorsed by the policy and socio-economic sectors of national and local realities. The MORE partners have faced these challenges in first place, within the regional rural contexts in which they operate. Hence, they have decided to promote a project proposal to contribute to filling these gaps. MORE thus responds to the need for increasing rural women’s skills and capacities and making them direct actors of the social, policy and economic processes at local level. Limited research and education action have been so far undertaken on multifunctionality: MORE will overcome these limitations by conducting in-depth research analysis, developing 10 e-learning training courses and promoting the first digital community of rural women, directly supported by the feedback of target groups. The project officially kick-started on June 6 2022, with the first online transnational meeting during which partners had a great opportunity to discuss the overall project implementation schedule, define timelines and respective duties in the following months. One of the very first activities was the development, testing and implementation of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform.  MORE Platform is the main showcase of project’s results and its largest and most tangible channel for international visibility, and is available in 6 languages (EN, ES, IT, RO, PL, GR) with all of its content completely available for free, without requiring any kind of registration/identification by the user. MORE website is now online at https://www.moreproject.eu/.  For the next two years, the Platform will host and integrate all the main achievements of the consortium; each section of the MORE Platform is a stand-alone library of its corresponding output. MORE Training will consist of 10 e-courses designed for - and co-created with - rural adult women, in a way to enhance their multifunctionality to equip them with the competences, skills and tools. These training courses will build on the thorough knowledge of partners in adult VET programmes. The goal is to support the target group’s professional and personal growth and competitiveness. In addition, the "Associates" section will be relevant to the widespread impact of the project, as organisations interested in the project will be able to join the MORE community and become associated partners. For further information about MORE project: https://www.moreproject.eu/

Interview to Radio ECCA about the MORE project

On June 28th 2022, Paula Rodríguez Chirino from Radio ECCA, Canary Island (Spain), was interviewed about Radio ECCA's role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. Paula is responsible for the projects and international cooperation area of Radio ECCA, which is a distance education centre for adults and the coordinator of this project. In addition to its general coordination role, Radio ECCA is responsible for the creation of 10 free access courses. The contents of these courses are aimed at expanding the opportunities of women in vulnerable situations with difficulties accessing the labour market, promoting their multifunctionality by developing skills and competences. The aim of the MORE project is to promote the empowerment of women in rural areas through the development of new skills and competences that enable them to participate more in local rural ecosystems. The objective is thus to support women in a process of acquiring the necessary means for their personal and professional development and to reduce the gender gap in rural areas. Interview: https://youtu.be/NQ-1Nmm31Fk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw  

Interview to ITSFA about the MORE project

On June 15th 2022, Roberta Albertazzi from IT Solutions For All, Málaga (Spain), was interviewed about ITSFA’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. Itsfa is a social NGO that seeks training in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for those people who lack the necessary knowledge to function comfortably in our technological world.  Within the project, Itsfa is the technology partner responsible for the development of an OER (Open educational resources) platform aimed at improving the status of women in rural areas. A series of courses, designed to improve the skills of rural women, will be uploaded onto the platform in order to promote their multifuncionality. The project addresses the concept of the multifunctionality of women, particularly women in rural settings, who cover diffirent roles within the society. Despite the fundamental role of women in the economic development of the community, there is still a gender gap in access to training and employment. The aim of the project is therefore to empower these women by giving them the opportunity to improve their skills and the quality of their personal and professional lives. Interview: https://youtu.be/Es2ybjDkza4 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Interview to ITSFA about the MORE project

On June 15th 2022, Fran Guijas, the CEO of IT Solutions For All, Málaga (Spain), was interviewed about ITSFA’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. ITSFA is a social NGO that seeks training in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) for those people who lack the necessary knowledge to function comfortably in our technological world.  Within the project, ITSFA is the technology partner responsible for the development of an OER (Open educational resources) platform where all materials that will be created during the two years of the project will be uploaded. The platform can be accessed completely anonymously without the need to register. The project is aimed at women in rural contexts, who take on a multidisciplinary role to improve the quality of life of their families. The aim is therefore to promote their multifunctionality, increasing their knowledge and skills, and consequently reduce the gender gap present in rural contexts and improve the quality of life of these women and their families. Interview: https://youtu.be/fRkVFnMpkZo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Kick-Off meeting of the MORE Project

On June 6, the Kick-Off Meeting of MORE Project (Multifunctional role of women as key driver for rural development) took place. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from six countries (Belgium, Italy, Romania, Greece, Spain and Poland). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by IHF, was originally planned in Brussels, Belgium but had been rescheduled and developed in Pescara, Italy, due to partners' agreement. The MORE project (“Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development”) aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women. MORE actions try to improve and promote the multifunctional role of rural women by enhancing their wide range of skills and encouraging and motivating their participation in local ecosystems. To fulfil this aim, the project will design the first training programme in order to improve and promote the multifunctional role of rural women by enhancing their wide range of skills, encouraging and motivating their participation into local ecosystems. MORE addresses needs and priorities recently confirmed by the EU Parliament that states that the role of women is essential to save rural areas in Europe, whose population is expected to shrink to almost 8M by 2050 compared with urban population that will reach 24M by 2050. The MORE project will conduct its work within 5 EU project countries - Spain, Romania, Poland, Italy and Greece, where 7 rural territories (Rural Women Hubs) will be selected. The project products will be co-designed with stakeholders to ensure that the project activities address rural womens’ needs. Overall, 490 people will be reached by hubs’ activities. MORE will ensure a strong participative approach during the whole project, while promoting transnational cooperation. It will disseminate the results at EU level and ensure wide replication of project results by multiple VET organisations outside the partnership. In order to achieve these, a MORE Digital Community Platform for Multifunctional Women will be available for knowledge and experience sharing, gather insight for the co-creation process and allow online interactions within rural women, practitioners and relevant groups of interest.   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

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