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On 8 March 2010 − the International Women's Day − EIGE announced the launch of the Women Inspiring Europe initiative: Resource Pool and Calendar. These resources collectively aim to highlight the achievements of some of Europe’s most remarkable women. Their successful personal life-stories will be collected and kept in the Women Inspiring Europe Resource Pool and used for a variety of EIGE outputs. For instance they may be disseminated via the website, used in the Calendar, and other opportunities to disseminate their achievements to a wide audience. It is important to promote their positive influence on breaking gender stereotypes.
The Resource Pool can now therefore provide the media and EIGE’s stakeholders, readily available role-models. Depending on their own field of expertise, these women can share their experiences with new audiences and key social actors across the EU. These extraordinary women can stimulate and inspire new generations of young women at events such as conferences to also succeed in life.
Among the women who have been nominated for the Resource Pool, 12 of the most outstanding profiles, have been selected and featured in the ‘Women Inspiring Europe’ Calendar. They are drawn from across the EU and from every walk of life. On this web-section of the Women Inspiring Europe Calendar, these 12 profiles are Monthly Profiles. EIGE was delighted to receive such a positive and huge response to its Women Inspiring Europe’ nomination initiative. As a result, we were able to further portray, (where information was available), inspiring women as Weekly Profiles.
The Women Inspiring Europe 2013 Calendar is the third under this initiative. As a result of its success, from 2014 onwards, the project will be portraying Women and Men Inspiring Europe.