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International mentoring conference


KVINFO plays host to an international conference titled 'Mentoring & Networking - Women building trust & social capital in our cities' on November 20-21 2009.

Over the past seven years KVINFO has developed a particular model of mentoring and is using it as a strategy to support immigrant and refugee women living in Denmark in their efforts to get a job and to become active members of their communities. The results are impressive, and now more than 4000 women are part of a Mentor Network.

Thus, KVINFO is ready to share the model with organizations and institutions working in and outside Denmark and will do it by holding an international conference in November.

KVINFOʼs Mentor Network's first International Conference is an event with one, very simple goal: to attract and gather under one roof in Copenhagen as many people as possible interested in mentoring and networking.

Practitioners, policy makers, researchers, engaged women and men from around the world, will enjoy two full days to present ideas, get inspiration and discuss new forms of cooperation; and perhaps begin developing new maps where mentoring and networking tools are located and used succesfully across a number of different sectors - employment, immigration/integration, business, education.

The official programme will have open plenary sessions to present an overview of the challenges unemployment and new labour market demands will place on the integration of immigrant women. A variety of government and non-government organizations will be included in the sessions, such as the EU Commission Office for Employment and Social Affairs; OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; the ILO, International Labour Organization, and the European Womenʼs Lobby; and, of course, with the contribution from research from the Nordic countries.

Delegates will then breakout in smaller sessions to focus on key aspects of mentoring and networking. Top experts from the UK, Canada and Denmark will be discussing the meaning of mentoring today, the growing practice of cross-cultural and cross-racial mentoring; and ethical issues in the practice of mentoring.

Benchmarking mentoring experiences with immigrants in Canada, Australia, Sweden and Norway will be presented to explain program development and cooperation at the local,
regional, national and transnational levels.
Read more
Website for the conference

Background, case stories and more in KVINFO's
Theme: Mentoring 

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