On 9 July 2019, ENOMW’s Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz, spoke at the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee event on Migrants’ and Refugees’ Social and Economic Inclusion, where she presented an overview of the project Smart – volunteering for female migrant. This project concerns the model of multi-sectoral cooperation – between Civil society organisations, businesses and migrant women – to facilitate the highly qualified migrant women’s access to labour market, through structured and assisted volunteering programmes.
SMART Project, funded by the European Union’s AMIF Fund, uses highly successful certified methods of Circles TM, narrative empowerment and digital advocacy, fine-tuned for the profiles of female migrants, NGOs and business professionals, to help the three target groups concrete a constructive space within which TCN women are able to explore their motivations, potentials and skills, aimed at increasing SMART socio-economic outcomes for themselves and the communities in which they live.
SMART project is an inclusive inter-sectoral model that takes into account the existing gap between labour and social integration, offering a fresh method of increasing socio-economic participation found in one of the fastest growing sectors of EU – social economy – where business and civil society meet. By bridging the two integration areas it aims to address the problem of TCN females under-employment, taking into account the empirical evidence of their high rates of over-qualifications in Europe. It does so through a thorough assessment of needs, creating a multi-agency knowledge framework, fostering structured dialogue between the target groups and delivering a comprehensive set of practical, goal-oriented exercises in group, one-to-one and digital form. It includes the training of trainers among NGOs and businesses, the capacity-building techniques for migrant women, a civic visibility manual, which results will be documented, sustained and promoted through multi-languages materials and a digital platform for further utilisation by civil, business and migrant groups in the EU states and at EU and international level.
Visit SMART Volunteering Website (in EN, FR, EL, IT, ES): https://
Full programme of the EESC event: europa.eu/!Mr43dG