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WoMentor Newsletter October 2012

posted Oct 29, 2012, 3:20 AM by Astrid Mats   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 4:06 AM ]

Dear Members of the European Federation of Mentoring for Girls and WoMentor 

There are a number of issues that the Federation Board is currently taking action on. We invite you to read more about our latest activities.

1. Recent projects and activities 
2. WE:MENTOR – past project
3. Future plans
4. General Assembly
Recent Projects and Activities 
Ongoing projects 

Gender equality through EVS
„ Duration: March 2012- March 2013 (12 months)
„ Host/Coordinating organization WoMentor (in Austria)
„ Sending organization : Öökull (Estonia)
„ The volunteer, Astrid Mats comes from Estonia. She is a Board Member of WoMentor since 2008.Her main focus is on PR and social media activities for the Federation. Writing project proposals, research, dissemination are just a small part of her daily work at the WoMentor headquarters in Graz. 

Volunteering in learning organizations and communities
„ Duration: August 2012- November 2012 (4 months)
„ Host organization WoMentor (in Austria)
„ Sending/Coordinating organization CENTRAS (Romania)
„ The volunteer, Alina Vlasa comes from Romania. She is a Board Member since July 2012.
Her daily activities at WoMentor includes writing project proposals, dissemination, research on issues such as gender equality, mentoring and other related topics. Her main focus is on EVS topic including here writing project proposals, partnership proposals, EVS applications. 

European Civil Contact Points
„ Duration: January 2013- December 2013 (12 months)
„ The project is a initiative funded by Europe for Citizens Programme.The goal of the project is to foster the development of a stimulating environment for increased citizen participation on the national and European level through improved citizen organizations' capacity and the establishment of effective civil society infrastructures.The specific aim of the project is to create Citizen Resource Centres that will gradually develop into a common European citizen’s centre.They will have the characteristics of a civic resource center on European matters, assisting the process of civic capacity building for effective participation in the European policy-making process. WoMentor together with partners from Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia will establish virtual (web) and real (in partners office) resource centres, which will provide up-to-date information on the Program, and services on various civic engagement mechanisms (training, funding, partnership). 

Submitted Project proposals and Partnership agreements 

 WoMentor submitted 2 applications for The European Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations Awards: Social entrepreneurship and Life Story Challenge. The reasons behind these applications were the need to recognize and reward the efforts sustained by the WoMentor members. We strongly believe that trough our actions and projects we are driving social change and strengthening solidarity between generations, spreading positive examples and models of social entrepreneurship.
Contribution with an article about WoMentor’s approach of Mentoring for the development of a “Guidebook on Young Women Mentoring in Europe”. The project aims at raising awareness among women on women rights, through creating a life-long peer learning process from woman to woman.
WoMentor will take part at the Launch Event which will be held on 11th December 2012 in Brussels Belgium, an event realized in cooperation with the European Youth Forum and the International Young Women Partnership. 
YES- Young Entrepreneurs Start – This project aims to promote and support the development of sustainable, ethical entrepreneurship - an important European topic. The project will include a 6 month mentoring cycle to carry through youth initiated sustainable entrepreneurship activities The work programme will address target groups of a wide scope from various parts of Europe. This will provide a similar and common understanding of concepts concerning mentoring, self- evaluation and self- assertion, ways of participation, understanding of gender discrimination, essence of a good teamwork and co-operation, sustainable entrepreneurship
EP for Young Women - A democracy project with main focus on raising awareness and sharing information about European Parliament elections in 2014 and gender issues among young women. The project activities will create an open environment for discussion and dialogue between young women and policy makers. As a project result, young women participating in this project will present a list of claims to national parties and politicians about their needs and wishes for European Parliament candidates- so that the list could be considered in developing the election platforms for European Parliament 2014
Gender equality through EVS - An initiative realized in cooperation with 3 sending partners from Germany, Spain and Ukraine. The project aims to explore and exchange practices in the field of gender equality, to promote principles and policies of equal opportunities and to promote social change by supporting young girls to improve their skills and to gain knowledge at a professional level, in this way increasing their chances in the employment fields.

Grant application to Land Steiermark and to Stadt Graz, Austria - Asking for operating support for 2013. 

WE:MENTOR - Women Educators in Mentoring
Duration: August 2010- July 2012 
Participants: Austria, UK, Germany, Romania and Greece 
The project WE:MENTOR brought together experienced programme co-ordinators and less experienced co-ordinators of mentoring programmes (particularly focused on women) together in order to share knowledge and best practice in order to increase the potential quality of programmes provided for both mentors and mentees. 
Workshops in Germany, Romania, UK and Greece 
Dear partners thank you for your contributions on the final report and for the efforts and involvement you have shown throughout the project. It was a great pleasure working together.
You are invited to use the EST European Shared Treasure Database for Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig to find out more information about the results and outcomes of the project and to visit the project website for details and pictures from the workshops . , 

Future plans 

International NPO Management and Mentoring Course 
This course will provide an introduction to concepts and skills needed to effectively manage projects and mentoring programs in international NPOs. Through simulations, case studies, sharing experience, discussion and practical work, the course will explore several organisational management challenges facing international NPOs. 
The focus of the training courses is on gaining a thorough understanding of key concepts of International NPO management and mentoring, sharpening practical skills and developing strategies that participants can immediately use in their work. We address real-life problems in a participatory and interactive learning environment to help participants enhance their international management capacity. 
The course duration will be 12 weeks (3 months) and will include 2 Units with 6 modules each. The topics covered by the modules will include : NPO leadership and Governance; Mission and Strategy; Mobilising and managing financially - resources and sustainability, Fundraising; Marketing and PR- fundraising needs and budget lines, International Rights and Law: The Freedom of Association, ICT and Social media, Intercultural learning and International work environment. 
Target Group: (8 - 12 participants in one module) NPOs working or wanting to work at international 
level, NPOs with international team members, International project and program writers and managers, 
International mentors. Study language: English (Business English). Venue: Graz, Austria. 
The concept of the International course is not finalized yet. For any questions, feedback or anything you would consider relevant for this topic please do not hesitate to contact us and share your opinion. 
We encourage all members of WoMentor to contribute with ideas, proposals and suggestions regarding the concept or themes and to be directly involved in this project. 

Former EVS volunteers Supporting Network 
We plan to develop and to establish a network of former EVS volunteers hosted by WoMentor, in order to create the appropriate context in which they can apply what they have learned, use and enhance the value of the experience acquired during their voluntary service in order to support WoMentor in future actions 
If you are interested in joining EVS projects, as Host or Sending organisation or to create new projects together please let us know. Also, we can provide more information and offer suggestions and advice on how to get the accreditation for EVS. 
To strengthen the relationships with the local community 
We are planning a series of presentations and meetings with the local NGOs from Graz. 
The purposes of the meetings are: to promote our activities, projects and the benefits of being a member in WoMentor and to establish a stronger connection with the local community and other NGOs. 
General Assembly 
The most recent General Assembly was held on 22th to 23th June 2012 in Athens, Greece. 
Presentation of WoMentor ´s activities for the last 4 years. 
2 application to join the WoMentor Federation : The Latvian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and The Austrian National Youth Council 
The election of the new board. 
Discussions about membership types, fee and project writing fees 
Two new members joined our Federation: The Latvian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and The Austrian National Youth Council. 

The new Board for the next 4 years is formed by
Gerlinde Hacker, Austria (President) from ProjectOffice, Austria - 
Betty Rouni , (Treasurer) from EDEM, Greece - 
Astrid Mats, from Öökull, Estonia - 
Alina Vlasa, from CENTRAS Constanta, Romania - 
Baiba Rivza, from Zonta International Jelgava Club, Latvia - 
For more information and photos from the General Assembly held in Greece please visit our website: 

WoMentor offers 
Possibility to be part of the European Network 
Be our project partners 
Exchange of good practise 
Be our research partners 
Benefit from our lobbying and PR-activities 
Get contact with mentors, mentees, trainers, coaches 
Counselling about Project Management and writing project proposals 
Support systems for girls and women at the local, national and international level 

Dear Member of WoMentor, We appreciate your support, and look forward to continuing our collaboration. To keep informed please subscribe to our newsletter and news feed. 

For further information about the projects or WoMentor´s activities please visit: 

Our website at 
Our project website at 
Our Facebook pages: Wo Mentor or We Mentor 
Follow us on Twitter : or 
Find us on LinkedIn : 
Our EVS volunteer blog : 
If you have additional questions do not hesitate to write to: 
Gerlinde Hacker: 
Astrid Mats: 
Alina Vlasa 

Kind Regards

Gerlinde Hacker, President
Astrid Mats,
Oct 29, 2012, 3:52 AM
Astrid Mats,
Oct 29, 2012, 3:52 AM
Astrid Mats,
Oct 29, 2012, 3:52 AM