Newsletter Final Edition

Our Final Newsletter for the time being! Have a read what we have been up to in the final months of project funding and how we are going to take EMPOWER further in the future.

Newsletter Edition 6 (English)

Newsletter Edition 6 (Greek)

Newsletter Edition 6 (Icelandic)

Newsletter Edition 6 (Lithuanian)

‘Female Empowerment for Employability – A Guide for Policymakers’

The EMPOWER Policymakers Guide is here! ‘Female Empowerment for Employability – A Guide for Policymakers’ presents an overview of our efforts, experiences and recommendations based on the development of the EMPOWER Training Programme that, in the past 2 years, has directly supported 98 support workers (including volunteers) and 89 women across the partner countries.

We are extremely happy to be able to write this today and to have played a small part in the so needed support of both vulnerable women and support workers in the specific areas of employability and entrepreneurship.

‘Female Empowerment for Employability – A Guide for Policymakers’

‘Ενδυνάμωση Απασχολησι- μότητας Γυναικών – Οδηγός για Φορείς Χάραξης Πολιτικής’

‘Valdefling til betri starfshæfni – Leiðbeiningar fyrir stefnumótunaraðila’

‘Moterų įgalinimas įsidarbinimo galimybėms didinti – Vadovas suaugusiųjų švietimo politikos formuotojams’


Business Training for Women of Foreign Origin

Last January the Directorate of Labour in Iceland received a grant from the Development fund for Immigrants to put up a business training for women of foreign origin. Our partners in the application were the Innovation Centre of Iceland, who have provided training for women entrepreneurs for many years, called Brautargengi, and the association Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland.

Our aim was to provide practical training for women of foreign ethnicity, where they could work on their business idea and put up a complete business plan as the result.    Preparation started last summer and then we advertised the training in August.

We received 27 applications and those 22 participants were accepted.

To be a foreign woman in Iceland involves a lot of challenges. To name a few, there is the Icelandic language, that is probably not the easiest one in the world, different culture, you might not have your family and friends here and maybe you cannot use your education as you would like.  Also, unfortunately, the attitude towards people of foreign origin is not always a positive one.

One of the solutions might be to put up your own company where you can use your knowledge and skills.

The training consisted of modules such as business strategy, marketing, social media, finance, taxes, product development, entrepreneurship, branding and how to present yourself and your company.  The training started in September and the duration was 14 weeks.

In the beginning of December all participants introduced their business ideas. A formal graduation was held at NMÍ on the 14th of December.

The business ideas were diverse, tourism, jewellery, import, dating agency, rent of baby things, such as chairs and cots.

Alexandra Martini received recognition for the best business plan for Martinis Fire, a company that designs jewellry:
The business plan is carefully worked out and the passion of the owner shines through. Marketing- and financial matters are well thought out, detailed and the project is likely to succeed.

Alexandra Martini

Nikki Kwan Ledesma received recognition for the best presentation for Wheels and Tours, a tourist company:
The presentation was good and convincing, delivered professionally and with passion.

Nikki Kwan