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Santiago De Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, capital of the Galicia region in North-Western Spain, has a population of close to 93 000 inhabitants. Its economy depends mostly on the public administration, health, cultural and tourism sectors. The municipality is especially concerned with the high levels of unemployment of young women and those above 45. This is partly due to inadequate levels of education and training but also to the persistence of gendered stereotypes and lack of facilities and services allowing family and work-life conciliation. As other cities in the WEED network, Santiago wishes to see a general increase in women’s participation in local development, regardless of their age, socio-economic background and origin. Self-employment and enterprise can be important vectors of progress in that direction and the WEED project will help showing what has been done in that field in other EU cities.

The main challenges and priorities identified for Santiago include:

  • To promote the employment of the women and the equality access to conditions at work and to professional promotion.
  • To promote women’s entrepreneurship and confidence in entrepreneurial capacity (empoderamiento in Spanish)
  • To help to eliminate behaviours and discriminatory actions in the labour area.
  • To favour the access of the women to spaces of decision in the managerial organizations, favouring a balanced representation between men and women in the different organs and levels of taking of decisions, charges of headquarters and of managerial responsibility.
  • To extend the knowledge on the feminine participation in the environments of the science and the technology in the city, in order to feed innovative strategies to reach the equality in these areas.
  • To integrate the vision of the women in the processes of design, production and management of scientific areas (equity and technology).
  • To increase the number of women involved in the generation of the knowledge.

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