The Job Shadowing project „Leadership is for EveryOne“ was implemnted in Tropea, Italy. Before we get into the details, it is important to answer the question you probably have been asking: ”What exactly is Job Shadowing?”:


Job shadowing is a valuable tool for employee training and development that involves observing and learning from a more experienced colleague. It offers numerous benefits, including improving skills, building confidence, and increasing professional networking. However, job shadowing is particularly important for women in the workplace as it can help to break down gender stereotypes and biases.


From May 15th to May 29th, the Job Shadowing project took place in Tropea, Italy. Two young women, Hana Kustura and Azra Pašalić, participated in representing BRAVO and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Implemented by the organization High On Life, the Job Shadowing project consisted of various educational activities that allowed participants to fully immerse themselves in the world of equality, women’s empowerment, and leadership.

The participants were provided with firsthand opportunities to observe and engage with High On Life’s work, gaining insights into project implementation and coordination behind the scenes. This approach had a great impact as they were able to learn from professionals in the non-governmental organization sector and acquire practical knowledge that they could put into practice.

The project also placed a great emphasis on the development of NFE resources for youth workers and young people. The participants engaged in interactive workshops, brainstorming sessions, and collaborative activities aimed at creating innovative tools and materials. The project activities have empowered young women to actively engage in all aspects of society and equipped them with tools and knowledge to navigate the complexities of the professional world and gain a deeper understanding of the skills and competencies required in the job market.


With gained skills and knowledge, Hana and Azra have implemented one networking event where they presented the BRAVO organization, ‘’LEO’’ project, work done in Bosnia and Herzegovina by BRAVO and partnering organizations, and research conducted related to this topic. The networking event was successfully implemented as it gathered over 20 participants who were eager to learn more about the topic of the project.


The participants would describe the project as ‘’a joyous and enriching experience, accompanied by new skills development and professional growth. By taking part in the Job Shadowing, they were reminded once again reminding that leadership truly is for everyone and that together, they can break down barriers and create a more inclusive society!

More about "LEO" project:

Women’s empowerment is a prerequisite for gender equality, according to the CoE Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023. Even when girls demonstrate leadership abilities or hold positions of power, the world fails to make them feel good because the mind model that we have is gendered “male.” As a result, when girls adopt such a model, claiming that leaders are bold and make difficult decisions, they may experience cognitive Men outnumber women in leadership positions in every sector of the world, including business, nonprofits, government, education, medicine, the military, and religion  This gender gap, often referred to with the metaphor “glass ceiling”, represents one of the most critical challenges to achieve gender equity and allow equitable working opportunities to all genders


The project aims at enhancing women’s leadership, developing NFE resources for youth workers and young people, promoting men’s involvement in women’s empowerment, and strengthening the synergies between youth work and the labour market.


And specific call’s thematic areas: 


  1. inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities; 
  2. empowerment / engagement / employability of young people; 
  3. anti-discrimination and gender equality


 Overall, the LEO project efficiently contributes to the global effort to achieve gender equity and meets the EU Gender Equality Strategy Key Actions 2020-2025 (challenging gender stereotypes, boosting women’s economic empowerment, ensuring equal opportunities in the labour market). Moreover, the project addresses many of the general and specific call’s objectives, ensuring its quality and relevance.  

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