Brussels, 6 June 2018

EDD 2018: “Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest”.

The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. 


In the context of our work in the sectors of Culture and Creativity, Business, Innovation and entrepreneurship, EuAbout Lab attended two sessions:

The session focused on generating solutions to empower girls and women as entrepreneurial citizens building on the EntreComp, the European entrepreneurship competence framework published by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. By producing a common definition of what entrepreneurship as a competence is, the framework aims to establish a bridge between the worlds of education and work as regards entrepreneurship as a competence. The EntreComp Framework is made up of 3 competence areas: ‘Ideas and opportunities’, ‘Resources’ and ‘Into action’. Each area includes 5 competences, which, together, are the building blocks of entrepreneurship as a competence. The framework develops the 15 competences along an 8-level progression model. Also, it provides a comprehensive list of 442 learning outcomes, which offers inspiration and insight for those designing interventions from different educational contexts and domains of application. The framework is a flexible source of inspiration, to be used or adapted to support different contexts: EntreComp could inspire the reform of curricula in the formal education and training sector; It can also be used for activities and programmes in nonformal learning contexts (for instance, to foster intrapreneurship with existing organizations). 

The session introduced some key examples of how EntreComp has been used to design intervention focused on empowering girls and women and will aim at collecting ideas and generating new ones together with participants.

The session has been orgenised by Med Culture, the 5-year (2014-2018) regional programme funded by the European Union to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the culture sector. Med Culuture showed the participants how to contribute further to women empowerment in the sector based on good practices at international level. There is a proliferation of programmes addressing women's rights and their empowerment in their respective societies but hardly any address their place in culture development. Women play an important role in the development of the culture sector in Mediterranean countries in contexts of serious discrimination. There is need for improving their positioning as policy makers, trendsetters, entrepreneurs and artists. This need is even more pressing when one considers that gender, culture and rights intersect and cultural rights also affects who in the community holds the power to define its collective identity.