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EUt+ promotes a European project to empower rural women in green entrepreneurship

Published on March 4, 2022 Updated on March 4, 2022

on the March 4, 2022

The European University of Technology (EUt+) promotes empowerment of society and citizens. Thanks to this new Erasmus+ project, rural women in the new post-COVID scenario. Researchers from Cyprus, Spain, Ireland and Lithuania will train adult women in the field of green entrepreneurship. They will promote entrepreneurial and innovative activities that are beneficial to the environment and financially profitable. The project, led by the UPCT (Polytechnic University of Cartagena), within EUt+, starts this month and ends in September 2024.

The “Greenworal project” will enable rural women to have better access to education, entrepreneurship and decision-making processes.

Empower rural women

The program will provide new digital and green entrepreneurship skills to adult women in rural areas. The aim is to enable environmentally beneficial and financially profitable entrepreneurial and innovative activities. These initiatives will improve people's lives and livelihoods, contribute to redressing gender imbalances in business and enable a balance between natural resource use and income maintenance in these areas, with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in mind. "These needs have been accentuated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic," "With equal opportunities to men, rural women can achieve immediate social and economic improvements," say researchers Paqui Rosique and María Dolores de Miguel from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena.


The researchers will implement an innovative educational package that includes several initiatives. These include a mentoring programme to guide women who are willing to start their own green businesses.
They will also develop a green entrepreneurship toolkit to provide strategies and resources to any woman who wants to take the first steps with her business initiative and to provide them with knowledge on success factors, especially in rural areas.

The project involves four partners from the European University of Technology: Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Technological University Dublin (TUD) and Riga Technical University (RTU). Also the University Francisco de Victoria (UFV), the Mar Menor Adult Education Centre (CEA), the Women Association of Rural Larnaka (WARL), Drogheda Enterprise Centre (DEC) and Association LIDERE (LID).
The researchers have obtained the support of associations and organisations such as FADEMUR, AFAMMER, REDRMUR, Institute for the Elderly and Social Services, OMEP and Full Inclusion MADRID. Greenworal has received almost 300,000 euros from the European Commission.

+ info: paqui.rosique@upct.es
Date of update 04 mars 2022