An EWM Networking and Support event was organised by Pobal in October 2011, which brought the EWM projects together for the first time to reflect on their work in the broader EU and national policy context. The morning session was devoted to policy and thematic areas that are relevant to EWM. A representative from the Department of Justice and Equality (Gender Equality Division) outlined EWM in the context of the National Women’s Strategy and also the EU policy context. The Head of Policy from National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) presented data on the position of women in Ireland today with a focus on caring roles and barriers to participation in employment and enterprise. Finally, to facilitate some learning between EWM projects a project from each of the 3 EWM Strands presented their work highlighting a range of different methodologies in relation to educational and developmental supports.
The afternoon session focused on workshops that were dedicated to Pobal staff presenting important operational information in relation to: Finance (finance controls, reporting and governance) and Monitoring (reporting requirements, information and publicity requirements and evaluation). Feedback from the event was very positive and the groups welcomed the opportunity to meet the Department, to receive supports, interact with one other and share learning in order to improve outcomes for programme participants.