Women urged to take corporate role
Limerick women are being urged to get out of the kitchen and into the board room.
PAUL Partnership have launched a new initiative this week encouraging women to get more involved in the decision making process of community organisations.
The project was launched this Tuesday in the South Court Hotel on the eve of International Women's Day.
"This project is not about women taking over and replacing men, but about giving women a voice and getting them to see their worth beyond being a homemaker.
Women have many skills to bring to the board room," said co-ordinator of the project, Tipping the Scales, Yvonne Roughan.
The project aims to increase the level and extent of participation of women in the local community from the RAPID areas of Limerick city.
These include Southill Moyross; Kings Island:Watergate Flats, Kileely and Ballynanty.
The project is being delivered in three different ways-mentoring, training and a capacity building programme.
At the launch of the project, Mary Rusimbi, from Tanzania, spoke of how women are getting involved in decision making in her country. She is executive director of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme.
As part of Tipping the Scales, research will be carried out on finding out what are the barriers facing women from getting involved in decision making.
The PAUL Partnership pilot scheme, which has a budget of €800,000, aims to help the participants set up their own businesses by 2008.
It is called the Point2 Enterprise programme.
Elaine McGrath, project co-ordinator, says a number of unique business ideas have already been mooted by the participants.