Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan today visited the EU funded Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 project in Cardiff which has received £8 million from the EU to support Welsh women’s career development as well as £2 million from the Welsh Government.
The project provides accredited training programs for women and works with businesses and organisations to develop and improve working practices, to ensure equality in the workplace.
Mr Vaughan said he was pleased to see European funding backing this worthwhile cause.
“If we look across workplaces in Wales, we can see that women are likely to be paid 20% less than men who are doing similar work. In addition, only 7% of women are in management positions compared to 11% of men.
“This project will help build the careers of 2,207 women and help 500 businesses over the next three years. The need for this is very real and it was great to speak to people who have directly benefitted from this support.
"The EU has been instrumental in legislating to protect women’s rights including in terms of maternity leave, pension provision and protection from violence and exploitation. If the UK left the EU these rights would be at risk.
Trish Chalk, the lead for the Agile Nation 2 project was clear about the importance of the project.
“ We were very pleased to welcome Derek Vaughan to our office today to meet participants on the Agile Nation 2 project. The first Agile Nation project helped nearly 3000 women and over 500 businesses, and we’re delighted to be continuing this work, to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper”