A CONFERENCE in Belfast heard that women continue to face difficulties in the workplace despite advances in employment practices.
Hosted by Women into Business, Turn over a New Leaf was opened by Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry and aimed at supporting and empowering unemployed women into sustainable employment by providing mentoring and interpersonal learning opportunities.
“Women are on the whole performing better than men within the education system, but there are clearly barriers to both accessing and sustaining employment, and progression within the workplace,” said Dr Farry.
“Overall, the employment rate for women is lower than that of men.
“This pattern extend into self-employment, where only one in five self-employed people are female, and level of entrepreneurial activity is four per cent for women compared to 10 per cent for men.”
Marie-Clare McCabe, marketing co-ordinator for the Women into Business programme said: “The programme offers young women the opportunity to join an organisation for free where they can engage in networking and mentoring, and seek practical advice on how they should progress to the first or next step on the career and or learning ladder.”