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Evaluating vocational training program for women in Brazil

28 de Abril de 2016

​Effectively evaluating gender-focused programming is vital to improving the socio-economic status and well-being of women and to building gender equality. The Mulheres Mil program, meaning “a thousand strong women,” was a pilot project between the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Between 2007 and 2011, the pilot provided marginalized women in northeast Brazil with access to job-specific training for a better chance to enter the formal workforce. However, the program lacked an evaluation component to determine the training's effectiveness and the success of participants.

IDRC provided funding to Niagara College Canada to develop, with the Brazilian Ministry of Education, an evaluation framework for the project, known as the Mulheres Mil Impact Assessment (MMIA). This framework determines whether participants acquired a job or pursued higher education as a result of their training. It also allows tracks satisfaction levels, self-esteem, and public participation of the participants. 

The Mulheres Mil program was scaled up in 2011 and is expected to benefit 100,000 women by the end of 2014. It will then be integrated into a national skills training program throughout Brazil, with the goal of reaching 8 million women across 4,000 municipalities. The MMIA will inform policy development for the national rollout of the Mulheres Mils project in Brazil.

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Photo (right): Niagara College Canada Sisters participating in the Mulheres Mil project are excited to finish their program and move into the workplace. They intend to open their own small business.