Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
We worked with 120 young people (95 found careers & 15 own business)& they communicate via social & business networks, 50% are now helping others. We create a community and business links with people who understand daily difficulties. One lady has a web site selling dresses sourced from a lady she met at a training course, she is getting both business skills & life skills to conquer her private issues & got a financial aid at the beginning. Another lady from Polish minority living in Germany found courage as an architect to set up an office, for which the social support was imperative to keep motivated. Being part of a social group was fundamental for motivation, insures momentum for women’s projects and it has empowered Italian women where traditions go against modern life, Italian women have been working on solutions for the last 30 years, which ensures the project’s success in Turkey.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
A barrier is the culture and the tradition which are male dominated. We plan to overcome this by finding the ladies a male sponsor (relation, friend) who are the link to the local people. When asked what is your daughter, sister doing, they will answer with pride & spread the word of how fantastic this idea is. This makes sure the population will give it the right respect, a different prospective & generate opportunities. Another barrier is keeping their motivation high as they will face a lot of adversity. We overcome this with the support of mentors & a buddy which is doing a similar path.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
This idea of empowering women is designed to expand on a worldwide scale starting with our existing network including Italy, England and Poland, and now into Turkey and beyond through word of mouth and re-training of women who have conquered similar barriers and making a success of their life. It’s a snowball effect. We use social media like Fb and twitter to spread the word to up-date and keep people connected. Success stories are publicized in local press and on our dedicated website. Our partner the most prestigious Turkish University gives this project visibility. The EU has programs like ESF and Erasmus+ to tackle some of these issues, we are already involved in. The project outcome will be publicized through these channels too.