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Multifunctional Role of Women as a key driver for Rural Development: the consortium joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of MORE

On November 10, 2022, the consortium joined the second transnational meeting of MORE, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together eight Partners from six different countries (Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Romania and Spain). The meeting was held in hybrid mode and hosted by IHF in Brussels. Partners gathered in a crucial phase of the project. The MORE consortium is completing the study on the multifunctionality of rural women as a new paradigm for rural development and regeneration, culminating in the delivery of final guidelines and recommendations. Partners also discussed the status of the implementation of co-creation events and the delivery of training courses. In the co-creation events, primary stakeholders have been involved in the activities, enabling the collection of crucial inputs to design training & educational tools responding to the stakeholders' needs. The project management and methodology involve developing personalised project management, quality assurance and dissemination plans, and monitoring/evaluation tools. Thanks to the presence of Partners with a high level of experience and multiplication potential, the project will benefit from increased visibility and impact at the national and European levels. The MORE project aims to improve access to and quality training opportunities and qualifications for rural EU women. Some of the critical skills needed for rural women empowerment include digital literacy, entrepreneurial mindset to be social entrepreneurs or self-employees, multilingual competencies, adaptation to climate change and ways to promote rural sustainability, work-life balance, and flexibility to adapt to radical changes such as the ones imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic on our societies and economies. MORE will improve access to these qualifications by developing high-quality educational content, easily replicable in other EU countries. The MORE OER platform is available at https://www.moreproject.eu/, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results.  For further information on MORE: Website: https://www.moreproject.eu/ https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_interna MORE Project - YouTube

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development. Co creation event MORE - IDP

On 3 November 2022 took place the third Co-creation event of the MORE project organized by the partner IDP sas. The event, which was held in Guardiagrele (Abruzzo Region, Italy) allowed to reach several local firms to validate and improve part of the project training. On the basis of the feedbacks collected during the previous co-creation events – focusing on the training needs for rural women and the concept of multifuncionality – IDP has developed a first draft of the module “Entrepreneurship”. The material produced has been presented to the third co-creation event’s participants, in order to collect feedbacks and tips for improvement, as well as to explore entrepreneurial opportunities for women within the local context. The topics tackled by the IDP module that have been explored during the event are: Idea and design of a business model (tools and opportunities for women) How to support the target group in: Designing and validating products / services  How to improve economic viability for potential entrepreneurs coming from rural areas Gaining better knowledge of the market and the clientele Positive feedbacks and inputs have been collected and they will be integrated within the training so to improve the quality of the material and its coherence with local needs and opportunities. 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. 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. For further information on MORE project and other IDP initiatives: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=pages_you_manage  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Interview to IHF about the MORE project

On November 22nd 2022, Lorenzo Costantino, a project manager from IHF, Bruxelles (Belgium), was interviewed about IHF’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. Since 2003, IHF is an association and think tank that mainly works with the process of European integration, carrying out researches and analysis on current trends of European integration like sustainability, training, innovation, education for competitiveness. Within the project, IHF is responsible for two specific groups of activities: research and analysis, and visibility and exploitation of the project. IHF’s researches are about the trends in terms of policy and programs for entrepreneurship in rural areas, with a special focus on female participation in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the European Union. The second block of activities aims to bring the MORE project to the European scene through communication and dissemination campaigns.  The MORE project brings together different angles of female entrepreneurship in rural areas with at the core the dimension of empowerment. It is about building and reinforcing the sense of initiative of the target group and unlocking their potential from an entrepreneurial point of view and perspective. To do this, the partnership will provide training tools and opportunities, but also operational tools to promote the social and economic empowerment of the target group and to help them turn ideas into actionable measures.  Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1f5HhOigcw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw 

Interview to SEERC about the MORE project

On November 22nd 2022, Leslie Szamosi, from South-East European Research Center (SEERC), Thessaloniki (Greece), was interviewed about SEERC’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. SEERC is the research center of the CITY College University of York Europe Campus.  Within the project, SEERC takes an academic position to ensure that the training programs to develop in the project meet the highest international standards and to make sure that the knowledge is transferred in the most effective way. SEERC will also investigate the role of rural women from an academic perspective throughout Europe.  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. To do this, it will be developed the “MORE Training” which will consist of 10 e-courses designed for - and co-created with - rural adult women. The goal is to support the target group’s professional and personal growth and competitiveness. Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu9CVW2OjLQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw   

Interview to SEERC about the MORE project

On November 22nd 2022, Giovanni Oscar Serafini, from South-East European Research Center (SEERC), Thessaloniki (Greece), was interviewed about SEERC’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. SEERC is the research center of the CITY College University of York Europe Campus. The non-profit entity is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development. Within the project, SEERC takes an academic position to ensure that the training programs to develop in the project meet the highest international standards and to make sure that the knowledge is transferred in the most effective way. These training courses will be based on in-depth knowledge of the partners of adult VET programmes. SEERC will also investigate the role of rural women from an academic perspective throughout Europe.  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. To do this, it will be developed the “MORE Training” which will consist of 10 e-courses designed for - and co-created with - rural adult women. The goal is to support the target group’s professional and personal growth and competitiveness. Interview (greek): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auyMAF3XuBY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw   

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development. Co creation event MORE - IDP

On 30th September 2022, took place the second Co-creation event of MORE organized by the partner IDP sas, in which participated stakeholders interested in rural development.  On the event, with the MORE Co-creation document as a guide to be followed, participants contributed in a brainstorming, providing very useful inputs and suggestions, with discussions that emerged from each of the points, regarding Training Methodologies, Training needs, Opportunities and resources, and a Summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event.  All the inputs and information collected will be very useful and will be taken into account for the MORE training course development, which from IDP’s side, will be based on the area of entrepreneurship. All the participants inputs will also contribute to the Co-creation event report, which will gather valuable information from the event for MORE project, and that also will serve as support and inspiration for future projects. 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. 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. For further information on MORE project and other IDP initiatives: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=pages_you_manage  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development. Co creation event MORE - IDP

On 15th September 2022, took place the firs Co-creation event of MORE organised by the partner IDP sas, in which participated stakeholders interested in rural development, among which: the director of LAG (Local Action Group) Abruzzo, professional associations and local authorities.  On the event, hosted by IDP founder Giulia Costantino who presented the Project to the attendees, and with the MORE Co-creation document as a guide to be followed, participants contributed in a brainstorming, providing very useful inputs and suggestions, with discussions that emerged from each of the points, regarding Training Methodologies, Training needs, Opportunities and resources, and a Summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event.  All the inputs and information collected will be very useful and will be taken into account for the MORE training course development, which from IDP’s side, will be based on the area of entrepreneurship. All the participants' inputs will also contribute to the Co-creation event report, which will gather valuable information from the event for the MORE project, and that also will serve as support and inspiration for future projects. 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. 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. For further information on MORE project and other IDP initiatives: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=pages_you_manage  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Interview to IDP about the MORE project

On October 26th 2022, Anna Di Cecco, a project officer from IDP, Pescara (Italy), was interviewed about IDP’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. IDP is an Italian company that works in the fields of EU projects, Europlanning consultancy and training. IDP brings its expertise to the project into three aspects: training development in the fields of adult education and vocational education, technical and practical experience in projects and in project management and quality assurance in particular. Within the project, IDP will be the manager and leader organisation of quality assurance activities. The aim of the project is to improve the access to and the quality of the training opportunities for women living in rural areas to improve their situation. To do this, the partnership will develop 10 specific training courses and will create a rural women hub, which will gather organizations. IDP will be developing it in the Abruzzo region and, at national level, a digital hub, which will gather organisations in the whole country to create a network to work together and improve the access for women to training opportunities. Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxG0vQ_JaZI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Interview to IDP about the MORE project

On October 26th 2022, Francesca Paolini, a project assistant from IDP, Pescara (Italy), was interviewed about IDP’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. IDP is an Italian company that works in the fields of EU projects, Europlanning consultancy and training.    IDP brings its expertise to the project in different fields. In particular, they bring their experience in training and their technical experience related to the areas of interest of the project and the target group, but also project management and quality assurance skills and competences. IDP will also be the leading organisation for this transversal activity throughout the project.    The aim is to make women from more disadvantaged geographical situation direct actors in the social and economic development of their communities. Therefore, partners will develop local rural women hubs and national digital hubs that will bring together women, associations and various stakeholders to gather feedback and input and create concrete solutions to address real needs, but also to create synergies and networking opportunities. This will lead to the creation of 10 specific training courses for the target group.  Interview (italian): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqgaq6V8ZMQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Interview to Demostene about the MORE project

On October 24th 2022, Gianfranco Gatti, representing Demostene Centro Studi, Latiano (Italy), was interviewed about Demostene’s role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. Demostene is a social NGO that aim to promote human flourishing, focusing on research, education, active citizenship and cooperation, and with expertise in entrepreneurship education, particularly for women. Within the project, Demostene contributes to the creation of specific training content. This content is the result of a co-creation project that Demostene Centro Studi will carry out locally through the organisation of 3 meetings with the project's target group. These meetings will be aimed at defining what could be the strategic contents for the creation of a training course on the topic of multifunctionality. Women living in rural areas have fewer opportunities to access training courses. The aim of the MORE project is therefore to offer these women a specific training course designed precisely for their needs, to enable them to take a more active role in the socio-economic life of their community. Interview (italian): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKydwipJAng Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Second MORE co-creation event - ITSFA

On 13 October 2022, the second MORE co-creation event organised by partner ITSFA took place, in which 11 VET trainers participated.  During the event, the current status of the project was presented to the attendees, as well as the different points that would be discussed during the session, with the aim of obtaining feedback on the training developed so far according to the needs of the target group. After an introductory brainstorming session, participants provided suggestions as well as positive feedback on the training that will soon be available on the OER platform. Discussions on the critical points that the training should cover acted as a guiding thread for the further development of the developed training module. Among the key points discussed was the importance of providing the necessary tools for the target group to enhance their skills, with an emphasis on fostering independence in the search for new resources. It is about giving wings to rural women so that they can fly on their own. All comments and inputs were collected in a second co-creation report that will serve as inspiration for the partnership and for future projects. 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, in today's society where women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multi-faced context of their families and social and labour ties.  Obtain more information about the MORE project: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development

Co creation event MORE KLEINON The 1st MORE Co-creation event in Romania took place on September 30th 2022, organized by Kleinon in Dragomiresti, a rural community in Neamt County, NE Romania, highly representative for MORE’s target group and objectives. A number of 20 local education and training professionals (out of which 18 women), were reunited and involved within the event’s activities, providing valuable insights. The event activities started with a context presentation (MORE project as a whole, the concept of rural women multi-functionality, goals and expectations from the co-creation event), and the participants were provided with informative materials and working kits necessary for the following discussions, covering topics such as: •    How the multi-functional role of women is seen at community level  •    AE participation rates in rural areas and main participation barriers •    Training needs among women at local and regional level •    Motivation factors •    Ideas and suggestions for the contents, structure, format and delivery of the trainings •    Good practices and success stories at local and regional level Some very specific issues to which women in rural areas are confronted to and makes them more vulnerable (the ‘invisible work’, stereotypes and lack of support from family members and community, poor infrastructure and limited opportunities) were signaled during the event. However, some positive tendencies were also brought to discussion – more educated women are deciding to move to rural areas and develop their career.  They have also highlighted the need of tailor-made trainings carried out within the community, with local trainers as they have a better understanding of the current realities, paired with practical activities which can create real opportunities, such as product or business idea presentations, networking events, etc. 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. 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. For further information on MORE project: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=pages_you_manage  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development

Co creation event MORE ITSFA On 12 July 2022, took place the firs Co creation event of MORE organized by the partner ITSFA, in which participated 13 VET Trainers.  On the event, hosted by ITSFA cofounder Roberta Albertazzi who presented the Project to the attendees, and with the MORE Co creation document as a guide to be followed, participants contribute in a brainstorming, providing very useful inputs and suggestions, with discussions that emerged from each of the points, regarding Training Methodologies, Training needs, Opportunities and resources, and a Summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event.  All the inputs and information collected will be very useful and will be taken into account for the MORE training course development, which from ITSFA's side, will be based on the area of Digital competences. All the participants inputs will also contribute to the Co creation event report, which will gather valuable information from the event for MORE project, and that also will serve as support and inspiration for future EU projects. 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. 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. For more information about MORE Project: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

The multifunctional role of women as a key driver of rural development

Co-creation event MORE Radio Ecca On September 23, 2022, the first co-creation event of the MORE project organised by RADIO ECCA took place, in which 20 professional trainers participated. At the event, organised by Radio ECCA, Paula and Gabriela, professionals involved in the project, presented the objectives, activities and expected results to the attendees. These contributed to a brainstorm, providing very useful information. The discussion among the participants was essential to reflect on different proposals and suggestions regarding each of the points discussed in the event: definition of multifunctional women, good practices, needs of women in the rural context, training opportunities, and a summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event. The reports prepared on each participating country (Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Romania and Poland) responding to the topics discussed above, were very helpful in guiding the discussion, some of the questions raised at the event are listed below: ●    How would you define the multifunctional woman in the rural context? ●    Do you agree with the points identified in the country report? ●    What are the characteristics of a multifunctional woman? ●    Do you know good practices at the national level? ●    Do you know good practices at the regional level? ●    What needs have you detected in working with women? ●    What needs have been detected working in rural areas? ●    What are the training needs? ●    Do you know any innovative tool or instrument that can be included? ●    Is there any topic you think we need to address? ●    What kind of material should be used (videos, resources, images, etc.)? Following these guiding questions, some interesting ideas emerged from the discussion that will be taken into account in the preparation of the MORE training course, in which, by Radio Ecca, topics will be developed in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership, personal and social empowerment. All outputs from the participants will also contribute to the report of the event, which collects valuable information for the MORE project, and also will serve as support and inspiration for future projects. The MORE project "The multifunctional role of women as a key driver of rural development" aims to improve access to and quality of training opportunities and qualifications for rural women in the EU. The realities of life for women in rural areas have become increasingly diverse in recent decades, as have their socioeconomic needs. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multifaceted context of their families (ie child and elder care) and social and employment ties. If you want to know more about the MORE project, you can access the following link: https://www.moreproject.eu/ 

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 (spanish): 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 (spanish): 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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