Economic empowerment of women



SHE-Empowerment program

SHE - Empowerment is Fund B92’s program aimed at economic empowerment of women survivors of violence, but also those women who are socialy and economically disadvantaged.  

Empowering women in the labor market and small business development (2019 - 2021)

This project is aimed at the economic empowerment of women through organization of various  specific skills trainings, but also workshops for personal development. Over 250 women participated in the project, and special preference was given to the participation of women who belong to socially vulnerable groups - women from rural areas, survivors of violence, unemployed, etc.

Specifi skills workshops were held in three social enterprises previously established within the SHE- Empowerment program – „Hands“ in Pancevo, „Sombor Good Garden“ in Stanisic and „Mitrovica Good Garden“ in Grgurevci. A total of 9 workshops on various topics were held (workshops on organic production, fruit and vegetable processing, embroidery, sewing, etc.), and a total of 81 women from the territories of these municipalities were attended.

In addition, 140 women participated in 15 Personal Development Workshops, held live and online, and acquired a variety of new skills - sales skills, self-employment, administration and management in small associations, risk management and digital marketing.

Finally, in order to mitigate the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, 11 women running small businesses in the municipalities of Sremska Mitrovica, Sombor and Pancevo were awarded micro grants, while the social enterprises "Hands", "Mitrovica" and "Sombor Good Garden" were equipped with complete computer and office equipment, after which a three-day computer training for over 20 members of the association was held.

This project is supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) under the project "Support to Priority Actions for Gender Equality in Serbia", funded by the European Union.

Development of SHE-Empowerment Network (2019 – 2020)

This project is financed by American Embassy Belgrade, and it focuses on development of network of small business women entrepreneurs across Serbia. Main goals are institutionalization of the Network, mapping of needs and capacities of its members, promotion of the Network and products of its members, as well as education, with an aim to decrease the risk of economic violence. The project involved over 40 women running their own small businesses.

Organic gardening workshops (2017)

This project was successfully realized during first held of 2017, in social enterprise Sombor Good Garden in Stanisic. With support of Australian Embassy, and in cooperation with Agricultural Professional Service Sombor, theoretical lectures and practical workshops and trainings were organized in the field of organic production. Almost 40 women attended, belonging to vulnerable social groups in Sombor and its surrounding.




SHE Empowerment- Safe House Economic Empowerment & SHE- Upscaling (2017 – 2019 & 2013 - 2016)

Model of economic empowerment successfully developed in Sombor between 2013 and 2016, and has been developed also in two more cities in Serbia – Sremska Mitrovica and Pancevo sin the second cycle of the project from 2017 to 2019.)

In these cities, social enterprises/training centers were founded in cooperation with local Social Service Centers, Safe Houses and local women associations, who have active role in providing services and supporting functioning of new enterprises. Social enterprise “Mitrovica Good Garden” in Sremska Mitrovica is focused on producing products made from fruits and vegetables in traditional way but with no additional sugar, and/or with low sugar content, without artificial aromas and additives. Jams, juices and spreads are made from carefully grown and picked fruit, controlled by experienced homemakers. Relaying on combination of traditional technique and modern design, social enterprise “Hands” in Pancevo is focused on production of high quality and unique textile products like cotton tote bags, pillowcases, cloths etc.

Additionally, 15 small startup grants were awarded to best women businesses on the territory of Pancevo, Sremska Mitrovica, and Sombor.

As part of the first cycle of the project implemented in Sombor, social enterprise “Sombor Good Garden” was founded, focused on organic production. Profit made is re-invested in education of women through various trainings, workshops, courses etc. In this cycle, around 50 women were included in educative program that consisted of 10 different trainings, including six-month business development course. Trainings also covered the topic of presentation and sales, managing personal finances, career development, but also specific skills development, such as organic production, soap making, decoupage, etc., while in the second cycle of the project up to 150 women from Pancevo and Sremska Mitrovica attended the trainings. Both cycles of the project were supported by United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Program SHE-Empowerment is initiated and implemented by Fund B92, in collaboration with various partners and donors’ support.

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