La campagne méditerranéenne

The NETRAW (Network for Rural Active Women) project aims to provide educational access and assistance to women living in rural areas of the Mediterranean, especially Spain, France, and Greece. Led by the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), this project has received €288,000 in EU funding as part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships program. 
Rural Mediterranean spaces have undergone profound changes since the end of the twentieth century. The rise of argicultaral monocultures in a larger context of cultural, social, and ecological change have transformed the relationships between rural and urban spaces. Relationships between the sexes and the rights of women have also greatly changed during this same period. 

Despite these changes, stereotypes of rural women persist, painting them in outmoded terms which fail to recognize their entrepreneurial activities and contributions. 

The UGA has partnered with the organizations Grains d'ici and Les Odettes in France's Ardèche region, Resilience Earth in Catalonia (Spain), and the Ergani Center in Thessaloniki (Greece) to create a collborative program in research and training. The program hopes to accomplish three things: an analysis of practices shared by rural women in Europe, an indentification of persistent gender stereotypes, and the creation of new communications tools to change the view of rural women. 

The project partners have chosen a participative methodology in order to find and recount real, current transformations. One of the principal project outcomes will be the establishment of a network of rural European women, sharing best practices in order to create content in a variety of media. The women will produce written document, sound files, videos, documentaries, and photos which show their real lives and the changes they are living through. 

To support this collective work, a skills portfolio and digital training materials (a web documentary, a MOOC) will be created. The portfolio, which will supplement the women's own current skills, will be available at the new Women Living Lab