The project addresses the problem of social and digital exclusion and low social activity of women over 45 from the rural commune of Banie. Since the collapse of state-owned farms in the 1990s, the commune of Banie has been struggling with various economic and social problems, such as increased unemployment, gaps in access to public services, communication exclusion, lack of cultural or educational offer. The level of social activity is low. Women over 45 are in a particularly difficult situation, often taking care of the home and caring for children and the elderly without being economically active. Male and female residents often lack digital competences, which are nowadays necessary to initiate and participate in social activities.
As part of the project, 20 women aged 45+ from Banie and Lubanowo took part in individual coaching meetings on how to use the computer and navigate the Internet. They also participated in psychological workshops, workshops on advocacy, the implementation of social activities, teamwork and the development of leadership skills. The project participants then implemented four local events for the residents of the community. Two of the events facilitated integration of the local community with the newly arrived refugee women from Ukraine. Finally, a workshop was organised for representatives of the municipality on communicating with the local environment, diagnosing problems and responding to the needs of the residents. The project participants, meanwhile, took part in a creative workshop on initiating and implementing projects.
As a result, 20 women over 45 developed their social competences and skills in working in a group, initiating and implementing activities for the local community. They became authentically involved in activities for their villages. They have also developed their digital competences, which are essential in today’s world. There was also a increase of activity in the local community, which took part in events prepared by the project participants. The project has also initiated cooperation with the local government, cultural institutions and NGOs.