Brazil - Mulheres Mil

A project funded by the Canadian Government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in collaboration and with the support of the Brazilian Secretaria de Educação Profissional e Tecnológica do Ministerio da Educação. The four-year project began in March 2007 and ran until June 2011.

The goal of the 1,000 Women Project is to promote the social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged women in the north-east and north of Brazil, enabling them to improve their workforce potential, their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the capacity development of the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciencia e Tecnologia (IF) (similar to the Canadian colleges and institutes system) in the north-east and north of Brazil to develop the tools, techniques and curriculum to provide, over a four-year period, a minimum of 1,000 disadvantaged women with the services, training and linkages to employers that will enable them to enter or progress in the workforce.

The Canadian and Brazilian project partners have been working together to develop policies, procedures and services that would allow the IF to provide new educational access services (outreach, user-friendly intake processes, career counseling, assessments) to the target disadvantaged women; customize the tools and techniques of Prior-Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), including the development of individualized portfolios; help women identify the competencies that they possess and gain confidence in their capacity to learn more; develop and deliver essential employability skills, entrepreneurship and sector-specific training programs; and develop new mechanisms that would enhance the IF's capabilities to link to local employers and provide disadvantaged women with job opportunities.

To see the success and impact of the 1,000 Women Project, please watch the documentary produced by the project's participants.