In this project we support women who are at risk of social and professional exclusion in the Nysa County. Our main goal is to create self-help groups where women can support each other, exchange experiences and create a network of mutual help. The most important problems that women in the Nysa County face include: unemployment (almost 2,000 women), violence (more than 400 cases of domestic violence), isolation, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of support and comprehensive assistance, and difficult access to public transport for those living outside the city.
Our project is following a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, we conduct a social dialogue, show the difficult situation of women in the Nysa County and, together with local institutions, develop an interdisciplinary model of cooperation to support women. On the other hand, we work directly with our target group. We create self-help groups for women and strive to ensure their sustainability. Through regular meetings with specialists, women integrate, support each other, exchange experiences, inspire action and create a network of mutual support. They also initiate activities that engage the local community.
Our project draws on the good practices of our Norwegian partner Mangfolk AS, a company made up of young people with a passion for ecology and living in harmony with nature. We encourage women to develop home gardening as a small local business. We inspire them to become socially active and inclusive by joining local civic initiatives for ecology. As a result, participants are given the opportunity for flexible employment and a way out of isolation. At the end of the project, the women will be prepared to implement projects on their own for the benefit of their community and according to their needs, and thus they will increase their self-esteem and sense of empowerment.