Why was born WINBIZ project?

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The integration of migrant women or women with non-Western backgrounds into the European context is an essential step towards achieving the goal of raising the EU employment rate to 78%, as called for in the Europe 2030 Strategy.

In general, the impact that the employment of immigrant individuals can have on the growth and GDP of the various European countries is considerable, as shown by numerous studies in the sector. Moreover, the figures confirm that the presence of migrant women in the EU territory is significant. In fact, since the last decade, there has been a continuous
increase in the flow of female immigration into the EU. The data collected in the „Motion for a European parliament
resolution on Women’s immigration: the role and condition of immigrant women in the European Union (2006/2010(INI))” underline how crucial it is to effectively manage this important flow, adopting measures aimed at the social integration of immigrant women, to combat discrimination and marginalisation. A crucial step in this direction has been made in the last decade with the adoption of the Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee dedicated to the integration of migrant women in the labour market (2015).

It is worth noticing that the specific skills to be promoted among immigrant women—the target group of the project— to ensure their full social and labour integration — are those related to digital literacy, interculturalism and entrepreneurship, as well as personal skills related to so-called life and soft skills, in a context of informal and non-formal education. The need to integrate digital and entrepreneurial competencies are especially underlined by the European Commission’s Communication on the Digital Education Action Plan (COM(2018)0022) and the framework outlined in EntreComp (2016).

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