Supporting mobility of women

09.11.2011

The new online Women Mobility Portal informs female jobseekers on how to make better use of the European job market.
The AFAEMME Women Mobility Portal
 
The Women Mobility Portal (www.womenmobility.org) was launched at the Mobility and Equality event held in Palma de Majorca 28 to 30 September 2006. The portal was co-financed by the European Commission in the context of the European Year of Worker’s Mobility (2006) and in coordination with the EURES portal. It is one of the centrepiece initiatives of AFAEMME, the Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (www.afaemme.org).
 
Gender expert Elizabeth Villagomez, one of the creative forces behind the portal, said she realised there was little research on women’s mobility and what information was available (for instance the Commission’s MISSOC site

(http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/social_protection/missoc_en.htm) - the Mutual Information System on Social Protection - was often quite difficult to navigate). As such, www.womenmobility.org acts as a de-facto search engine for MISSOC, pulling out relevant information from the massive database of dense and complex information on mobility. It also provides a number of other services, such as ‘women-centric’ information on one’s rights (in the areas of unemployment, maternity, long-term care and family) when moving from one Member State to another. At this time, the eight countries included in this diagnostic tool are those in the Mediterranean basin and the Baltics. It is envisaged that the rest of the EU will eventually be covered.
 
“The portal is centred on information that workers really need without having to wade through hundreds of web pages,” said Elizabeth Villagomez. “Further, it allows workers – and in particular female workers – to compare and contrast the possible benefits available in a particular geography – thereby improving the chances of asking for commonly available benefits that will help improve their work-life balance”.
 
The portal’s users are also provided the opportunity of ‘improving’ it by responding to an on-line questionnaire. Either as a company or as a potential employee, the portal will reveal if your company is “oriented towards reconciliation and family life policies” or not and will provide indicators of job satisfaction.
 
The portal is part of the Women’s Mobility Information Campaign – a wider strategy to raise awareness of the business opportunities offered by the Internal Market and to prepare women and women entrepreneur organisations to be an integral part of it.
 
For additional information please contact:
 
Elizabeth Villagomez Morales
 
Almenara – Estudios Economicos y Sociales
Cardenal Tenorio 3
E-28801 Alcala de Henares
Madrid
 
evillagomez at almenaraestudios dot com
 

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