Significant Impetus to Regional Economy: 28 women established their businesses and women are trained to be employed in Ordu and Giresun by the EU-Turkey co-funded "GATE for Women" project
Ordu - The closing ceremony of the EU-Turkey co-funded "Garment Training and Entrepreneurship Initiative for Women" project took place in Ordu on 13 September 2017 with the participation of Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger, the Governor of Ordu Mr Seddar Yavuz, Ambassador of Luxembourg Mr Georges Faber, Charge d'Affaires of the Netherlands Mr Erik Weststrate, Deputy Head of Mission of Finland Mr Jussi Soini, First secretary of the Embassy of Germany Mr Ute Gohla, representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Eastern Black Sea Development Agency and local stakeholders.
The European Union and Turkey co-funded "GATE for Women-Garment Training and Entrepreneurship Initiative for Women" project, which provided a significant impetus to the economy of Ordu and Giresun, has finished. The project supported more than 430 women to take entrepreneurship trainings and 80 women to benefit from business coaching and mentoring services. So far, 28 of them have started their own business, but more are expected to do so soon.
Additionally, 300 women have successfully completed ready-made garment training to be employed by companies in the region. 400 women received guidance and career counselling training, providing advice relating to job-seeking and work attitudes.
The GATE for women project furthermore helped in the development and adoption of a business network strategy in the region for enhancing human capital and the ready-made garment sector.
During the closing ceremony of the project, Ambassador Berger said: "The EU strives to empower regions and cities in such a way that they can realize their full potential, with lasting improvement in the economy and quality of life for everybody. The GATE for Women project reflects this approach, with its focus on increasing women's participation in the labour market. We hope that all women benefiting from the project will be employed or will establish their own economically viable businesses."
Implemented by the Eastern Black Sea Development Agency, the project worth €2.5 million improved vocational and entrepreneurial skills of unemployed women and those working as unpaid family workers mainly in the hazelnut sector.
Training facilities have been fully equipped. The project was implemented between January 2016 and September 2017.
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