Women Making Waves launches its guide for legislators

The aim of the guide is to inspire the work of organisations and policy makers towards creating equal opportunities for men and all women in Europe.

Research on the gender gap in leadership positions is well known, but currently very few guides for policy makers at European level offer practical information and steps on how to support doubly disadvantaged women in leadership positions.

The Women Makign Waves project has therefore developed a guide for policy makers, businesses, formal and non-formal educational institutions and migrant and women’s support organisations across Europe.

This guide for policy makers has been created to encourage and inspire European policy makers and other actors involved in personal and educational development to create the necessary environment for women to reach their full potential in career advancement, leadership roles and economic income.

This guide presents the results of the European Women Making Waves project, and provides recommendations and guidance on how to challenge existing trends in gender inequalities, as well as methods and tools to encourage, support and empower women in the pursuit of their career goals and leadership roles.

While shedding light on the inequalities and challenges women face in leadership positions, and the economic and social consequences of these inequalities, Women Making Waves has placed special emphasis on empowering a specific target group, doubly disadvantaged women.

The team behind the Women Making Waves project consists of practitioners from Iceland, UK, Spain and Greece, who together have developed and advanced innovative learning tools and teaching materials that have been tested and applied to groups of doubly disadvantaged women in the partner countries. Doubly disadvantaged women face additional and more complex challenges in taking up leadership positions.

This guide offers an insight into these challenges and constraints along with suggested tools and methods to address them and to empower this vulnerable group of women, increase their self-confidence and strengthen their employability profiles. The ultimate goal is to help them achieve stronger leadership positions and contribute to levelling existing gender inequalities.