On November 10th 2021, IDP joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of the DEW project, co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven organisations from five European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France). The KOM, originally planned in Brussels, Belgium, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The context for DEW is based on a number of trends – according to official reports of the EU Commission, only 30% of start-up entrepreneurs are female, despite woman making up 52% of the population. In addition, gender stereotypesand male-dominated models and networks continue to prevail to the detriment of women. Finally, Covid-19 has seen a disproportionate impact on women with increased caring responsibilities and a concerning rise in the incidences of domestic violence. However, DEW aims to explore new entrepreneurial opportunities and unlock the potential of female digital entrepreneurs. The project will provide innovative, evidence-based and practical digital entrepreneurship knowledge and tools to empower self-employability and entrepreneurship for women, tackling various EU priorities:

  • the promotion of female entrepreneurship
  • the digitalisation of the European population
  • enhancing and boosting the entrepreneurial spirits across the EU

During the meeting, the consortium discussed the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. The DEW official website will represent a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project, analyzing the status of female entrepreneurship in Italy, structuring modules and developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning materials.

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