RAINBOW
Empowering Women Worldwide

About Project

Project Overview

Women’s participation in the labor market thus is not only an economic issue but also a larger social and an ethical question, which demands a multi-disciplinary approach. Women’s economic activity is rooted mainly in socio-cultural, historical, physiological and economic considerations. Hence, looking at women’s employment from the labor market point of view alone is not enough. We need to look at this problem with the intentions of introducing a transactional as well as transformational intervention at socio- cultural, political and economic levels. Researchers noted that understanding differences among women is critical to crafting policy and making public investments that meet their needs and expand their choices and opportunities. Hence this project has a wider impact and multiplier effect. Professional education is considered to be entry pass for starting one’s career. Living in urban setting provide certain level of opportunities and support services that are very crucial for a young women to start and continue her career even at that junctures when family and society expects her to play many other roles as well.

Our Aims

  • To examine the influence of perceived career barriers and support young women’s career planning in the university system and outside.
  • To design and implement applicable framework(s) that intervenes and counsels young women of both environments.
  • To install the capacities (RAINBOW Centre) in Indian universities to counsel young women in the designed framework.
  • To Identify regulations and create awareness of best practices and models operating in EU HEIs for capacity building of young women in university system and outside the university system and out of it.
  • To develop material and training programme for women associations and agencies working for young women in the unprivileged section of the society.

Partners

  • FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, AUSTRIA
  • University of Jyväskylä, FINLAND
  • incoma, SPAIN
  • Birla Institute of Management Technology, INDIA
  • NIRMA University, INDIA
  • Sir Padampat Singhania University, INDIA


Major Tasks

  • Situational Analysis and Need Assessment.
  • Preparation of Training and Counselling Material.
  • RAINBOW Centre Conceptualisation and Staff Development.
  • Equipping and Running the Rainbow Centres.

Target Groups

  • Women counselors and women who have full time enrollment in Indian University education or are alumni of these university
  • Counselors and Associations / NGOs working on women empowerment and inclusion and their clients

Project Outcomes

  • Development of the Intervention and Counselling Methodology
  • Creation of Career Counselling & Guidance Centres
  • Developing Material & Conducting Train the Trainer Program
  • Providing & Evaluating Counselling Services in India

Impact

  • Reinforcement of Indian universities responsibility in enhancing young women capabilities.
  • The installation of the RAINBOW centres and the capacity building for the counsellors will affect the quality of the counselling services at the participating universities in a very direct level.
  • Benefits to associations and institutions in their own capacity to deal with capacity building material and counseling techniques
  • The female students and alumni will have a higher level service available.
  • Motivation to higher education policy makers and other universities to contribute in capacity building process.
  • The creation of sustainable networks for exchange on the topic of female career counselling also with the grassroots level will make the topic as a whole visible.

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