WOMEN IN NET 8
WINNET 8 involves regions in 8 member states i.e Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and UK engaged in policy development to address the problems with low employment rates among women in combination with horizontally segregated labour markets and the lack of women in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, Problems constituting obstacles for regional competitiveness. The participating regions from the Nordic countries has among the most horizontally segregated labour markets in EU-27, whilst the regions involved from South and East Europe is less segregated. On the other hand the employment rates among women is lower. The consortium builds on a successful practices from the III C project W.IN.NET- mentioned in the Operational Program for IV C – and the III B Baltic Sea project FEM were several of the partners has been involved. The partner regions involved in these Interreg projects have since 2006 discussed how to capitalize the successful results from cooperation initiatives between Women Resource Centers and regional actors. The Nordic Conference 19 October 2007 in Stockholm, was one event for this dialogue WINNET 8 involves local and regional authorities, Managing Authorities, research institutes and NGOs. The overall objective is to contribute to regional growth by enhancing the labour market participation among women and especially promotes women in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. WINNET8 will reinforce the Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men and the gender dimension in the Lisbon Agenda. The project will build capacity for implementation of policies, practices and Women Resource Centres (WRC) Regional action planning will be at the core of the project supported by a number of interregional exchanges such as a Launching Conference during the Swedish EU Presidency, a training for process coaches in order to facilitate both drawing up of action plans and implementation after the project period. Regional action plans taken as a point of departure validated practices and state of the art research, mobilize actors, each Regional Multi-Actor Group established will also be engage in a an advanced bench learning and study visit program capitalizing on successful results of similar actions in Interreg III C. Expected results are besides the actions plans are reformed and improved policies for local and regional development, increased knowledge in the regions how to design policies and practices promoting women in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and counteracting horizontal gender segregation.