AIFED would like to introduce you to the project ‘Fem’trepreneur’.

Women have been allowed to work by themselves very lately, if women don’t work, they can be dependent from their husband, or father. The female access to work has been a first step to their emancipation. However, economically speaking, women are, to a certain extent, still stuck under a glass ceiling. The problem is that there is a lack of female entrepreneur examples other women can be inspired on. In fact, the top 10 of world billionaires is 100% male. Also, there are a very few women in leading position in companies. After stating this, AIFED, with their several partners tried to bring a solution to the following question: How can the role of women as leaders be supported and what direction can be taken?

According to that purpose, the Anna Lindh foundation supports AIFED who coordinates the Social Entrepreneurship to empower Young Women ‘Fem’trepreneur’, in collaboration with System and Generation (Turkey) and Center of Capacity Building and Empowerment (Sweden). The name of the project immediately points out the action of the project.

The project, now completed, wanted to gather the Mediterranean countries of the Anna Lindh foundation, but not only! India, Sweden and many more have also participated.

Four online sessions have been organized. All online sessions have taken different forms: a lecture carried out by AIFED, debates, one about gender stereotypes, implemented by the Turkish partner, and another one about the importance of offering specific aid to women, by the Swedish partner, and also a roundtable moderated by AIFED. These sessions’ purpose was to discuss about the good practices in different countries, to discuss the problems faced by women entrepreneurs and to bring solutions.

More precisely, these sessions aimed to inform the participants of all the existing programs that could help them to boost their entrepreneurial competences, to fight against gender prejudices and stereotypes, to increase positive feelings and empower youngsters and women by showcasing examples of female entrepreneurs who had a positive impact on the society during the COVID19 crisis. Both company founders and presidents of social companies have been invited to this session to share their experiences with the participants.

Furthermore, this is an international program, sessions were also very keen to increase the collaboration among countries that are part of the Anna Lindh Foundation network. The collaboration between the Mediterranean countries is one of the clues of the project’s success and interest.  Indeed, the share of several different experiences, good practices from countries in this consortium can lead to triggering policies changes.

Finally, a space has been created to enable youngsters and women interested in becoming social entrepreneurs to share their experiences, fears, concerns, between each other. This space is the first step to further transnational cooperation.

Thanks to everyone’s cooperation, the project has participated in the progress of women’s emancipation by entrepreneurship, fighting stereotypes and prejudices. This project has been able to gather women from different countries and to promote the participation and empowerment of women in society.