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Women’s Voices: Solidarity Based Economy Network
By Les Penelopes, France

Les Pénélopes believe it is urgent to break barriers of isolation by giving women more consciousness of their know how, empowering them by the awareness of not being alone and by multiplying their potential through mutual network. To respond to this social demand, we need to create new tools for measuring this underestimated know how, new methods to interpret this invisible qualification.

Women creating alternatives to liberal economy may become visible... In fact, this project's objective is to enhance women's visibility in the area of solidarity-based economy all over the world in order to be able to valorize their work and to appreciate the non financial but social richness of solutions they propose. Its aim is to obtain a mutualism of communication means and know how in the intention of creating an exchange network among the actresses.

Les Pénélopes believe it is mostly women who conceive economic alternatives being however systematically invisible, their work and efforts being ignored and underestimated. Women are usually absorbed by their daily tough work, and do not have the time or energy to wonder about the importance of communicating their activities or to look for a better management. Getting linked to others with whom they share the same challenges, difficulties and achievements can seem to them as helpful as inaccessible. Women need to be aware of similar resistances, especially when the concerns are identical. They often feel as excluded and lonely as hundred of other women trying to conquer the same challenge !

Acquiring know how through experience exchanges

Les Pénélopes believe it is urgent to break barriers of isolation by giving women more consciousness of their know how, empowering them by the awareness of not being alone and by multiplying their potential through mutual network. To respond to this social demand, we need to create new tools for measuring this underestimated know how, new methods to interpret this invisible qualification. It is only the confrontation of experiences that can permit us to identify and appreciate this qualification in an adequate way, resulting in a new method to read and measure this know how and to disse- minate it.

Which actresses are involved ?

Groups involved come from different regions such as Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroun, Equateur, Mali, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Southafrica, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Yugoslavia, Quebec, Paraguay, India and France ; in each region several structures have been already identified with more than 30 initiatiaves conducted by women. Their aim is to create income, or to help their members for insertion into the job market. Thus, we can find with a wide variety of activities such as reading and writing learning, knitting, sewing, embroidery, photography, catering service, ironing, decoration, radio programmes, music and singing, social work, neighbourhood mediation, cooking teaching, theatre, painting, poetry, dyeing, pottery, cinema festivals, expositions and sales, children's daycare, cattle breeding in fur farming, fruit and vegetable transformation, Production of peanut pastry , dressmaking, recycling, woodworking, home repair courses, printing.

The challenge is set

This project fixes a calendar to determine common development objectives, factors of success, difficulties encountered. The intention is to get gathered soo for a working meeting. For more information and to join us: info@penelopes.org

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