On November 3, 2022, the second MORE co-creation event was held in Romania, organized by Kleinon in Petricani, a rural community in Neamt County. It brought together 15 education and training professionals (AE and VET trainers/teachers, 2nd chance educators, mediators, and community council members) who provided valuable inputs and led to a better understanding of the roles and needs of multifunctional women in the rural context.
After a brief introduction to the project MORE and its context, objectives and methodology, discussions were organized around three thematic blocks related to the role of multifunctional women, training needs and existing opportunities, best practices and legal frameworks.
The objectives of the event were:
• To clarify the definition(s) of a multifunctional woman from the perspective of local AE professionals
• To identify the needs of multifunctional women in the Romanian rural context
• To understand the socio-economic and political framework that influences women in rural areas.
• To be aware of opportunities and good training practices in the rural context
The conclusions of the second event confirmed the findings of the first event held in September 2022 in Dragomiresti, another rural community in Romania. They underscored the need to develop and implement training aimed directly at empowering women to engage in entrepreneurial and income-generating activities, promoting the legitimization of informal work, and leading to a more equitable sharing of responsibilities at the community level. Without supportive measures and policies that ensure equal opportunities, equitable sharing of household responsibilities, and better recognition of women's contributions, multifunctionality comes at a high cost to well-being and ability to realize their full potential.
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
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