Entrepreneurship is important for the economy as it is a driver of economic growth, job creation, and social change. Entrepreneurship promotes global prosperity and creates new opportunities all over the world. Despite mounting evidence that investing in women’s economic empowerment boosts global development, women are less likely than men to start businesses around the world, owing primarily to cultural and social barriers
pecifically in Europe, despite the fact that women outnumber with regards to population ratio (52% of the population), female entrepreneurs account for just a third of the self-employed in the EU (only 34.4 percent of the EU self-employed and 30 percent of start-up entrepreneurs). Lack of funding, knowledge, training, access to networks for business purposes, reconciling business, and family concerns are just a few of the factors that make entrepreneurship a less appealing choice for women than it is for men. Women entrepreneurs contribute significantly to the development of the global and local economies. Many of the contributions come from a growing movement known as “Mumpreneurs,” which refers to mothers who run their own businesses.
With this in mind, the main objective of this project is to train the adult education trainers and prepare them to support professionally inactive mothers, who want to improve both their personal development and develop entrepreneurial mindsets. As a result of the training, mothers will not only improve their employability but also reinforce their participation in civic and social life. (European council recommendations on key competences for life-long learning 2018). According to research, mothers face many challenges such as concerns about childcare, financial issues, maternity discrimination at work, work-family balance, lack of education etc) that impede their return to work after the end of their maternity leave. Mothers facing a combination of barriers i.e single mothers, migrants, low income, victims of domestic abuse, mothers with disabilities, and social needs, encounter even more challenges such as discrimination, social exclusion, and acculturation.
The project initiative arose from the participating partners organization identification of a substantial gap in training for trainers, on how to adequately support mothers seeking to develop their entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, and awareness.