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LET`S RAISE THE CURTAIN Creative workshop to improve the participation of rural women in local development

The training activity took place
in Petralia Soprana/ Palermo, Italy
organised by CESIE, Italy office
20-29 November 2008

Aims & objectives

The course aimed at bringing together 50 European activists from disadvantaged rural areas to discuss the problems of social inclusion and participation of European rural women.
General aims were:
- To give citizens the
opportunity to interact and
take part in building a more
United Europe;
- To develop a sense of
European Identity, based on
common values, history and
culture.
- To promote a sense of
belonging to the European
Union among its citizens.
- To foster tolerance and
mutual understanding
between people.
Specific aims were:
- to bring together people from
across Europe to share and
exchange experiences,
opinions and values, to learn
from history and to build the
future;
- to promote action, debate
and reflection related to the
European citizenship and
democracy, shared values,
common history and culture;
- to bring Europe closer to its
citizens by promoting
European values and
achievements, while preserving
the memory of its past;
- to encourage interaction
between citizens and civil
society organisations.
- to the European Union among
its citizens.
- To foster tolerance and mutual
understanding between people.
Specific aims were:
- to bring together people from
across Europe to share and
exchange experiences, opinions
and values, to learn from history
and to build the future;
- to promote action, debate and
reflection related to the
European citizenship and
democracy

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

As a part of a multinational project team (trainers from Belgium, Italy and Bulgaria), I took part in the seminar as a course designer and full-time trainer.

Training methods used & main activities

The Workshop used a nonformal
learning activities and
gave participants the chance to
gain new skills, knowledge,
and attitudes as well as to
learn how to use them in a
variety of contexts, especially
the working context. It helped
to improve:
- communication in a foreign
language,
- communication skills (nonverbal,
listening, speaking),
- self-confidence,
- the ability to interact with
different cultures and
environments,
- active participation in society,
- the ability to solve problems
and to resolve conflicts in a
group,
- turning ideas into action by
planning, organising,
managing, and co-operating in
a team.

Outcomes of the activity

I Working groups to work after the TC were shaped to reflect on
problems and difficulties faced
by woman in the rural area:
- Problems and difficulties faced by
women in the rural areas;
- Social economic status of rural
women in Europe;
- Gender based discrimination in
rural Europe;
-Women’s rights as Human rights;
- Equal opportunities as a strategy
to improve women participation in
rural Europe;
- Rural Europe and modern issues
on gender;
- How gender policy can address
the different problems faced by
women in rural areas: policies at a
different level including EU policy;
- How rural development policy at
local level interferes with the
situation and problems of women in
rural areas;
II. Reflection groups on legal
instruments to prevent gender
discrimination in rural Europe;
III Developing skills and
competencies in European funding
opportunities and project building;
IV Development of new European
projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full-time trainer

I worked on this training for 9 days as a full time trainer.

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