- Isabel Yglesias, head of European Affairs and permanent delegate of the CEOE in Brussels was in charge of receiving the 11 businesswomen and female executives from Fuerteventura.
- The eleven women travelled to Brussels accompanied by María del Carmen Alonso Saavedra, Island Councillor for Accessibility, IT, new technologies, planning and strategic projects of the Fuerteventura Island Council.
29/11/2023. The group of 11 businesswomen and executives from Fuerteventura who travelled to Brussels accompanied by María del Carmen Alonso Saavedra, Island Councillor for Accessibility, IT, new technologies, planning and strategic projects of the Fuerteventura Island Council within the framework of the 100 Women Plus EU Brussels Visitors Programme visited the headquarters of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEO), the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions on Wednesday, 29 November. The trip was organised by the Finnova Foundation (EU) and the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, with the support of PROEXCA, a public company attached to the presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands whose priority objectives are to promote the internationalisation of Canary Islands companies and attract strategic investments to the Islands.
Isabel Yglesias, head of European Affairs and permanent delegate of the CCEOE in Brussels, received the group of women and presented the functions and projects carried out by the CCEOE offices in Brussels. Yglesias focused on the “Promociona” project, an initiative to promote the access of a greater number of women to senior management positions in companies.
The CEOE delegate stressed the commitment and support offered to SMEs from the different delegations of the CEOE. The businesswomen were able to learn about the “Chicas Imparables” project, promoted by 50&50 GL. and CEOE Campus, which has the academic direction of IE University. This is a youth and leadership programme in which young people between 15 and 17 years old are trained in leadership through a 5-session route over 3 weeks at the IE University Campus in Madrid. These trainings are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and group projects are developed, all aimed at developing a passion for innovation and the discovery of young women’s own skills and new competencies, as well as the creation of a solid networking among students.
Isabel Yglesias, who is CEO and founder of the first Network of Spanish Women Executives in Brussels, made up of both public and private corporations, stressed the importance of creating and belonging to a support network among women.
The next visit of the delegation was to the European Economic and Social Committee, a bridge between the EU institutions and European citizens, and to the European Committee of the Regions, where they were received by Valls Rovira.
About 100 Women Plus EU Brussels Visitors Programme
A total of 11 businesswomen and female managers from Fuerteventura, accompanied by María del Carmen Alonso Saavedra, Island Councillor for Accessibility, IT, new technologies, planning and strategic projects of the Fuerteventura Island Council, have travelled to Brussels to attend a conference combining experience exchange sessions and institutional visits. This meeting, focused on an activity of training and exchange of experiences and cooperation, aims to bring women managers, businesswomen and entrepreneurs of the island of Fuerteventura closer to the European institutions, within the framework of the European project 100 Women plus, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme.
About the 100 Women Plus project
100 Women Plus: Cooperation and understanding to promote women’s entrepreneurship and leadership, co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme and led by Finnova, in collaboration with the Cabildo de Fuerteventura and the Fundadoras Association, is a project in favour of cooperation and understanding to promote women’s entrepreneurship and leadership.
100 Women Plus, which has been designed to improve the channels of collaboration and dialogue, proposes a series of learning activities, exchange of experiences and transfer of results that will contribute to establish new mechanisms for female participation, strengthen the ecosystem of women entrepreneurs in the participating countries and create networks and generate alliances between institutions.
About the Finnova Foundation
Finnova is the Spanish-Belgian non-profit foundation based in Brussels and Spain, working for the promotion and development of innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU. Finnova’s experience in the management of communication and dissemination activities of European projects is combined with a proven track record in business creation and entrepreneurship support programmes, such as accelerators, incubators and events, as well as its commitment to training and employability of young people.