On 12 October, 2023, IHF asbl organised a multiplier event to mainstream, give visibility and valorise the results of the Erasmus+ MORE project, which gathers 8 partners from 6 EU countries with the aim of improving the access to training opportunities for rural women across Europe.
The event, which took the form of a networking event, saw the participation of 16 people. The audience gathered strategic stakeholders, such as organisations working for local and rural development (development agencies, NGOs and associations) and representatives of the women support system at large promoting inclusion and empowerment.
IHF asbl discussed with participants about the “ratio” beyond the MORE project in terms of needs assessment, “missed opportunities”, gaps and challenges preventing rural women from accessing high quality training or jobs opportunities. A brief presentation of the Consortium and partners’ roles and responsibilities in the project followed immediately after.
Later, IHF asbl showed the audience the contents of the MORE Community Platform and the functioning of the country hubs: the digital projections of the Rural Women Hubs, instituted by the partners as first living labs dedicated to rural women for sharing experiences, knowledge and skills.
The best practices of the local Rural Women Hubs were shared with the participants along with a detailed overview of the other Project Results. After presenting the findings of the research on multi-functionality of rural women, as a new paradigm for rural development and regeneration, IHF asbl explained the contents of the training courses co-created with the Hubs.
During the final session of the event, IHF asbl provided operational tools and guidelines to promote the adoption of the MORE training courses and shared final recommendations to improve civil society’s engagement at rural level, in particular through a major involvement of women. The White paper of the MORE project, including the above-mentioned information, was promoted among the participants and it is currently available on the project’s website. This ME was not only an opportunity to enhance the transferability of the MORE project and its results, but it represented firstly and foremost a chance to bring together rural women, policy makers and educational providers, giving them a proper space for discussion and reciprocal understanding.