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WEstart Conference: Women Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe 11 September 2015

[Brussels, 22 September 2015]

On 11 September 2015 The European Women’s Lobby delivered the Westart Conference: Women Social Entrepreneurs Changing Europe at the European and Economic Social Committee.

The conference brought to a close the European Women’s Lobby 1-year pilot study that aimed to give visibility to women social entrepreneurship and map the state of women social entrepreneurship in 10 EU member-states. The results of this study were compiled into a report and presented at the conference by the EWL’s project coordinator, Emily Usher Shrair.

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The conference facilitated an important dialogue between EU policy makers and key stakeholders, including national ministers, experts and academics, funders and banks, intermediary organisations, and women social entrepreneurs themselves.

In addition, the unique format of the conference included a working session that allowed the audience to present real solutions to policy makers.

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The WEstart project recently launched a website with a database mapping women social enterprises in the 10 EU member-states. The website also includes the mini-reports of the 10 member-states, as well as the report and further resources related to the project.

To see more photo’s of the WEstart Conference at the EESC 11.09.2015 click here

To read another account of the WEstart conference, read Valentina Caimi’s reportage from the Social Platform here

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