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Crotone

Crotone is a city of Calabria, in southern Italy, with a population of 60 157 inhabitants. Local economic activity has plummeted following the decline of chemical and metallurgy industries. In the last years, the city has been trying to regain dynamism through a strategy based notably on culture and tourism. After being, during almost a century, a land of emigration, the Calabria region is now welcoming large numbers of immigrants, mostly from Eastern Europe and North-Africa. Crotone’s new economic strategy requires a well trained labour force. Yet, part of the population, and especially women, lag behind in terms of education and professional training. In the WEED project, Crotone will therefore pay special attention to City-projects conducted elsewhere in Europe in order to get women back to the labour market via training programmes. Such training programmes should be designed to suit the needs of all categories of women, and, among others, migrant women.

There was general agreement that getting women into work and helping women access science and technology was marginally more worth pursuing by the LSG than entrepreneurial activity. The area Crotone’s Local Support Group (LSG) particularly want to prioritise for change is women’s capacity to enter the dynamic sectors of Crotone’s economy so that gender equality becomes a concrete aim of city authorities and the principles of equality mainstreaming are incorporated into the city’s employment and business start up programmes. LAG’s members hope action plans can be defined in order to turn women into a real source of economic dynamism and growth, capable to promote “resurgence and urban change” in Crotone. Achieving this was seen to resort to some extent on women’s equal representation in decision-making  - seen as essential to fight against their persistent under-representation in civil society, politics and senior management which is a democratic deficit in public administration. A balanced participation of women will contribute to a more productive and innovative work culture. To achieve it, transparency in promotion processes will be essential. Crotone’s LSG would like to reach the target, set by the Member States, of 25% women in leading positions in public sector to increase innovation, quality and competitiveness of research in the knowledge society.

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WEED

Identifying and developing integrated local actions that improve women’s situation in employment, entrepreneurship and the knowledge economy
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