AIFED presents Fem’trepreneur, its new project for the Anna Lindh Foundation Virtual Marathon

On June 3, 2021, the first activity of the Fem’trepreneur project will begin. This project is coordinated by AIFED and in collaboration with System and Generation (Turkey) and the Center of Capacity Building and Empowerment (Sweden). Fem’trepreneur is included within the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation Virtual Marathon, proposed to minimize the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had and continues to have throughout the world and its direct impact on society's organizations. civil. Some of the topics that were proposed were entrepreneurship, gender equality and the inclusion of young people in the world of work, as they are one of the sectors that have been most affected as a result of the pandemic beginning, it was also requested that The issues were addressed from a perspective of intercultural dialogue and hope, at the same time that we gave solutions and more proposals to cope with the current situation and improve, as far as possible, the situation of social exclusion that some groups, previously at risk of marginalization, he could face now.

AIFED has designed the Fem’trepreneur project, which seeks to offer a complete vision of what entrepreneurship and social innovation are, and what is the position of women in the current paradigm. The project will be divided into 4 sessions:

  1. Informative workshop (06/03/21): we will give the definitions of entrepreneurship and social innovation, we will talk about the situation of women in the field of entrepreneurship in different countries, and we will determine which ones offer more and better opportunities.
  2. Debate (06/15/21): we will hold a debate where two teams made up of two people will debate about one of the biggest gender stereotypes that exist, “women are more sensitive and emotional than men, so we don't they should assume positions of responsibility ”. For this debate the Oxford style and its rules will be used.
  3. Debate (06/22/21): we will hold a second debate where two teams will meet again following the Oxford rules for debates. This time the theme will be "specific programs to help women are not fair to men."
  4. Round table (06/25/21): as a closing session, mainly social enterprise founders will be invited to share their experience with all attendees, and to offer their own advice on how to become an entrepreneur who also dedicate part of your effort to offer a social benefit, beyond the product or service you sell.

We hope that this project will be of interest to you and you will enjoy it very much.

Social Entrepreneurship to empower Young Women (Fem’trepreneur)

The Project Fem’trepreneur will be developed through the Anna Lindh Foundatin Virtual Marathon for Dialogue and it aims to contribute with the empowerment of women to become agents of change via social entrepreneurship and innovation. The themes adressed in this Project are: Women and Gender Stereotypes, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.

The meaningful participation of women in national, local, and community has become an important focus on EuroMed region development policy. Women’s participation results in tangible gains for the society, including greater responsiveness to citizen needs, increased cooperation across ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future. The topic of women involvement in the social entrepreneurship is strongly addressing the cultural cooperation, in particular as our project is implemented by a consortium of partners from 3 countries with very different approach on the subject.

The role of women in social enterprises as founder, leader and decision makers is very low: how can be supported and which direction can be taken? This is one of the main questions we aim to answer with our project.

The action proposed by the Cross-National consortium coordinated by AIFED has been titled as Fem’Entrepreneur: Social Entrepreneurship to empower Young Women, as a clear way to identify the core of our proposal.

The main activities of the project are:

  1. A lecture carried out by AIFED, that explores social entrepreneurship focused on women empowerment and further resources.
  2. A debate implemented by the Turkish partner about Gender stereotypes. We will select hot topics related to gender stereotype and propose a debate linking social entrepreneurship and women.
  3. A debate implemented by the Swedish partner about the programs destined to young entrepreneur woman.
  4. A roundtable moderated by AIFED with the participation of all the partners to share good practices, opportunities and ways to foster the social entrepreneurial spirit in each participant country and in EuroMed region.

Throughout the implementation we aim:

  • To increase the awareness among the participants about the programs currently destined for boosting entrepreneurial competences
  • To contribute to the fight against of gender stereotypes and women involvement in making a positive change in the society
  • 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
  • To increase the collaboration among countries that are part of Anna Lind Foundation Network on the issues of social innovation and entrepreneurship focused on growing women as empowered leaders
  • To share good practices that are being implemented in the countries that form this consortium and to follow-up with possible recommendation for triggering policies changes
  • Create a space where youngsters and women interested in becoming social entrepreneurs can meet and put the basis of further transnational cooperation


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