100 Mirrors is an Erasmus project involving six EU based organisations, working on the topic of inclusive tools for the motivation of enterprising disabled women. Representatives from the respective project partners held an info session at FITA on 28th April 2017, facilitated by AcrossLimits.
Ms Maryrose Francica, from AcrossLimits, explained that the aim of this project is to promote inclusive entrepreneurship for women with disabilities by developing a methodology based on coaching, mentoring and job shadowing of women with physical disabilities willing to become entrepreneurs.
The project deliverables shall include a needs and state of the art analysis, a number of videos and an E-book with testimonies of successful entrepreneurs affected by disability, a Guide and E-training on how to coach people with disabilities for inclusive entrepreneurship, a Manual and E-training addressed to women with disabilities.
The project enhances digital integration in learning, teaching, training and youth work at various levels by integrating open education resources (OER) in training programs and producing OER for training. It aims to achieve this by developing the transversal skill inclusive entrepreneurship by using innovative methods based on job shadowing and coaching. It also plans to assist with the professional development of VET teachers and trainers by providing them with effective OER.
“Many of women, when talking about work, also refer to their private lives; either to point out a woman model they admire who has managed to reconcile her personal life and work; or to commit to women, without children, whose lives are dedicated to achieving professional goals, removed from any dependence. Whichever the case, to the extent that women name it, they do not detach themselves from “their” responsibility concerning maternity and caring tasks. We doubt that this subject would be mentioned so often – even for rejecting it – if men had been asked, or if they had been asked about masculine entrepreneurialism.
On the other hand, we have also seen that many of the answers associated feminine leadership with transformational leadership – coined by Bernard Bass – as the kind that is characterised by achieving extraordinary effects on satisfaction and performance by employees and that is comprehensive and sensitive to the needs of their team.
To end with, we would like to emphasise that today’s society, so needy of good leaders, cannot afford to limit access to decision-making posts for over half of the population (women), who have proven capability and are very well prepared” — The 100 Mirrors Report (https://www.100mirrors.eu/ext/en/looking-on-women)
The meeting held at FITA covered the different services and initiatives being delivered by the Foundation, with a particular focus on accessibility certification and the requirements imposed by the Web Accessibility Directive that was published in December 2016.
100 Mirrors project partners are based in Spain, Poland, Greece, Latvia and Malta. It was interesting to learn how similar issues arise across different countries and how accessibility related difficulties are tackled. Particularly how this project is pushing back the boundaries limiting persons with disability and making use of ICT to reach out and empower said beneficiaries. It was also very interesting to learn from the experiences of different people and discover how these organisations can support each other to reach their goals.