This project addresses the problem of professional burnout of women working in CSOs. 70% of people working in the third sector are women, which makes 3.5 m female workers. Among other things, the overrepresentation of women in the sector means low pay and few opportunities for promotion. Meanwhile, this work involves various risks such as harassment, unreliable pay, lack of job security, and work beyond regular working hours. In turn, this leads to stress, loss of motivation, low self-esteem, and professional burnout (approximately 40%). Meanwhile, organisations are not equipped to prevent these problems occurring.
The Project Promoter will conduct research into needs of women working in the third sector in Pomorze, especially in small, rural towns, and publish the findings in a report. It will then provide women with a full range of support such as power workshops, psychological consultations, supervision, coaching, and counselling on labour law. Organisations in which women work will also receive support in the form of tools and strategy. The Project Promoter will conduct a social campaign on Everyday Heroines working in the third sector. The final element of the project will be publication of a development guide for women leaders.
Primarily women leaders in CSOs, women activists, and women social activists (approximately 100 people) active in Pomorze will benefit, especially those in small towns and villages. They will become more aware of their employee rights and more motivated, and feel less stress and professional burnout. Women leaders, and entire organisations as well, are improving their time and team management competences. Awareness of women’s community work and women’s rights will also improve in the CSO sector.
The association TAK Trójmiejska Akcja Kobieca will be a partner in the project – the association works with experienced women experts, coaches, and activists, who will become involved in the project.