Handicrafts generate employment

Ethno Network organized a specialized exhibition called „Handicrafts as a source of employment” to pormote its efforts to professionalize artisans in partnership with the National Employment Service (NSZ) that supports training and skill development programs in traditional handicraft techniques such as hand weaving, lace making and embroidery. The training program included 110 persons from the NSZ register from Belgrade and eight other cities and municipalities in Serbia (Kraljevo, Bor, Novi Pazar, Kragujevac, Prokuplje, Nis, Subotica, Leskovac) with the aim of growing the skills and employability of women and young people as trainees. The program was implemented in cooperation with cities that provide space for training and work placements, and the partner in the Belgrade area is the Savski venac municipality, chaired by the Belgrade City Councils Gender Equality Council, which supports and promotes programs for social and economic affirmation of women.

Training for 18 unemployed women was conducted in the city of Belgrade, of which 9 trainees in embroidery and 9 trainees in hand weaving. Closing exhibition presented the pieces made by the trainees that were educated to create business gifts and souvenirs. Through training and practice classes, trainees are given the opportunity to continuously earn income by opening a craft shop or engaging in craft associations locally and qualifying for inclusion in the “1000 Women Initiative” and other development programs, in collaboration with Ethno Network and NALED.

The exhibition invited state institutions and businesses to buy responsibly and to select handicrafts from the Ethno Network program as gifts for their business partners.


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