18 young women from Poland and Germany took part in workshops in Nasutów and considered issue about women’s inequality at the job market. The participants had an opportunity to meet a job adviser, compare wages in UE countries and had professional visage course.
The seminary program was rich in practical topics connected with main issue. It was also of integration games and language animations that helped break communications barriers. Moreover, it showed that in spite of many culture and nationality differences, women’s power is as big as their enthusiasm. It is sure that if they cooperate with one another they will succeed. One of the most interesting items was “the city game” where German participants could see Lublin from their Polish peers point of view. Thanks to the seminary, the young participants are looking in the future optimistically and are not afraid of new challenges at the job market.
In all European Union member countries women earn less than men. In Poland, women's average salary was 12% lower than men's in 2006. In Germany, the pay gap was of 22% - even larger than the European Union's average (16%).
In the European Union, women not only are paid less than men but they also have more difficulties in finding jobs in most member states. In Poland, unemployment among men was of 9,0% and among women it was of 10,4% in 2007. Corresponding figures for Germany are of 8,5% and 8,3% respectively, and for the European Union the figures were of 6,6% and 7,8%.
An exchange taking place in Nasutów, Poland, from the 5th to the 11th of October, tackles the problem described above. During the exchange „Chances of Young Women at the Job Market", participants - girls from high schools in Lublin and Berlin – meet job advisors and undertake workshops in order to develop their personal and social skills.
In addition to aiming to improve the chances of women in the job market, the exchange will also provide information about participant countries. Polish and German evenings will be prepared by participants and they will visit the former concentration camp in Majdanek and the city of Lublin.
The exchange is organised by European Meeting Center - Nowy Staw Foundation.
The main donor of the exchange is the Polish-German Youth Office.