Gender violence against women remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time and one of the biggest global problems. It harms women, families, communities and society.
In the EU, an estimated 100 million women are reckoned to become victims of male violence in their lifetime. Moreover, the number of women victims of physical intimate partner violence in the EU Member States ranges between 12 and 35 per cent.The European Union has taken a strong stand against gender-based violence as an issue of gender quality and as a threat to women’s fundamental rights, calling upon the Member States to develop national strategies, legislation and support services.
The NEW START project (2014-2016) aims to develop and implement a training and motivational programme for women victims of gender violence. It is based on both life coaching and mentoring techniques. The project will provide victims with tools to boost their self-confidence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills, and will develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to assist re-entery into the labour market and to facilitate better social inclusion.
To do so, the project is built on development and delivery of life coaching and mentoring sessions to victims of gender violence. The concrete implementation of activities will be supported by the design of training materials, the enhancement of mentors and coaches’ skills and the development of a Transnational Guide of Life Coaching and Mentoring.
The project will focus on two innovative methodologies to empower women victims of violence. On the one hand, the coaching will improve women’s self-esteem and self-confidence. On the other hand, mentoring on entrepreneurship will help women to become independent, will empower their managerial skills, and eventually, will help them to re-enter the labour market and even to become self-employed and undertake entrepreneurial activity.
Working on transnational co-operative basis will allow the design and implementation of common templates, the exchange of knowledge & good practices and will contribute to overcoming this widespread European problem.
Expected results include :
- Pilot sessions focused on life coaching and mentoring, both for women and trainers, based on the designed Transnational Guidelines
- A Life Coaching and Mentoring Guide as well as various training materials
- A project website containing relevant information and materials to help the target groups
- Local events and a Final Conference
- Promotional materials and networking activity