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The Catch Up – Quality Projects to Cap Gender Gap


15-21 January 2022 | Francavilla al Mare (Chieti, Abruzzo), Italy

Aim of this project is to develop new methodologies and projects, that can tackle gender based discriminations in the job environments, encourage the female participation in the labour market and inspire changes in the work culture.

Gender equality is a fundamental right and an internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal. Gender balance in politics and in labour market indicates well oiled democracies and economies.

Sadly, the latest “Report on equality between women and men in the EU” published by the European Commission in the 2018, reveals that EU is still quite far from being a gender-equal society. For instance, in comparison to men, women are:

A) generally employed less. In 2017, male and female employment rates have both increased slowly but steadily; reaching, in the third quarter of the year, the 78.1% the former, while the 66.6% the latter. This gap of nearly 11 percentage points has stagnated for the last few years; with no considerable catch-up observed between low (Greece, Italy, Malta and Romania), and high performing Member States (Latvia, Lithuania and Finland).

B) employed in lower-paid sectors. Out of all employees aged 15-64 across the EU, 27% of women and 15% of men, work in very low paid jobs, with very short hours and very limited security). On average, women in the EU work 6 hours longer per week, but earn over 16% less per hour than men (having also fewer paid hours).

Several studies show that some of the main factors behind gender inequality in Europe are:

A) sectoral segregation. Many jobs are still commonly considered “for women only”. For instance, those within the health and social work sectors are traditionally female dominated occupations, with the women representing up to the 80 % of the work force. Even though gained through years of formal study, skills stereotypically attributed as natural to women can often be undervalued and, consequently, underpaid.

B) the career breaks following childbirth. Overall, women’s careers can even be one third shorter than those of men.

The persistence of such circumstances, can generate negative effects such as:

A) lack of transparency in wages. This is one of the main obstacles denying victims the possibility to prove the discrimination, and effectively enforce their rights.

B) discrimination in hiring and career progression. On average, the employment rate of women with a child under 6, is 9 percentage points less than the one of women without children; exceeding 30 percentage points in countries such as Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Young people should be very concerned about these issues; because statistics show that gender gap in terms of employment rate, hours worked and hourly earnings, widen with the age. This can generate a significant lifetime pay penalty and gap in pensions at retirement; consequently compromising their prospects of life.

Therefore, aim of “The Catch Up – Quality Projects to Cap Gender Gap” is to limit these risks, providing youth workers with essential informations to best foster gender equality and help women and families within the partner communities Participants will acquire and share knowledges and good practices; that will be used to develop new innovative methodologies and projects. Through these tools, participants will be able to tackle gender based discriminations in the job environments, encourage the female participation in the labour market and inspire changes in terms of work organisation and general work culture.



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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 23 participants

from Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Youth researchers

Working language(s):



Identities (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:



Phone: +39 342 19 40 466


Participation fee


Accommodation and food

Participants are entitled of free board and lodging during the days of activity.

Travel reimbursement

Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands: 100% up to 240€

Armenia, Georgia: 100% up to 325€

Iceland: 100% up to 495€

Italy: 0€

The reimbursement is subject to the presentation of all the relevant documents (boarding pass, tickets, invoices, receipts). Organisers will reimburse only the tickets bearing printed the name of the participant, date and price of the ticket. The documents shall be presented both in hard copy and PDF format. Participants will be reimbursed via bank transfer, after the mobility and all the necessary calculations. In no case the money will be handed cash. The administrative costs linked to the visa will be totally reimbursed, only upon presentation of the relevant receipts,

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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