SDOLM (Sex discrimination on the labour market)

This project falls into the European Leonardo da Vinci section. Gender studies show that employers tend to have negative images of women as a group, and tend to associate them with inferior education, lack of professional skills, and unreliable job performance. Some employers think that women are more prone to get sick and therefore pay them less. In some cases employers do not want to train women for top corporate positions because they expect them to have children, the incentives to invest in human capital will be inefficiently impaired for women who do not plan to have children.

Furthermore, in some countries the educational background (and stereotyped thinking) influences the place the women might take on the labour market. Some women stay at home or apply only for jobs with lower responsibilities. Some women would like to apply for “male jobs” or jobs with higher responsibility but they wouldn’t dare to do so.

The Aim: The general aims of the project are to improve the situation of women on the labour market and change the SMEs attitudes towards women. The target group comprises unemployed women, women after maternity leave but also university women graduates looking for jobs. Furthermore, the additional target groups are SMEs and VETs. The main intention is to transfer measures, e.g. knowledge about the problem in partner countries, to raise awareness in the SME sector and to achieve the following objectives:
to provide unemployed women and women after maternity leave with additional skills and knowledge in order to help them re-enter the labour market,
to support and motivate women graduates and give them orientation to the current employment requirements, and to foster gender equality,
to provide assistance for women who want to work in positions not regarded typically feminine.
accompany the change of some representations and attitudes about gender equality – for women and men, VETs and SMEs
propose a training program for VETs and SMEs to raise their awareness on this topic and to help them to implement gender equality in their daily practices.