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In recent years, domestic violence has increased significantly. Paradoxically, the most vulnerable groups in terms of violence against women are young people from 18 to 25 years old. This fact is surprising, given that this group has been raised in a context of equal education and democratic values.

Additionally, the number of elderly people has increased a great deal; many women aged 45+ have considerable skills to contribute to society, despite sometimes lacking formal basic qualifications.

While the participants of this project aspire to a similar European legal framework regarding gender equality, this is not reflected in everyday life, e.g. an equitable distribution of housework in family life. Our project partnership consists of long standing members of the European Union, countries which may be future members, and countries with historic tensions due to different traditions and religious backgrounds.

This project will involve two groups: women 45+ years who are eager for training and involvement in the dynamics of school organization; and, younger unemployed students with non-qualified professional backgrounds who need basic training to find a job in the current recession. This latter group normally exhibits biased behavior in gender relations. One project aim is for women 45+ years to train this group and change their outlook on gender relations.

In the context of the economic crisis current in most European countries, the restructuring of the family nucleus has increased the vulnerability of women in terms of gender inequality. Participation in this project will be an opportunity for both institution employees and women learners to travel abroad and observe other realities. Cooperation with European institutions will help improve the quality of work at partner institutions. The target group of the project is women aged 45+ who are not active participants in the social sphere. The project will provide them with informal education aimed at including them in community activities. The project will use ICT in the form of blogs (maintained with the help of adult learners) and an e-learning course on gender issues (designed by the employees of partner institutions, and then completed by the women 45+) that will serve as a platform to exchange knowledge and familiarize participants with their distinct regional situations.

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