Emancipation and inclusion focuses on wishing to participate, being able to participate and, most of all, being allowed to participate. Participation, joining in society, is not self-evident for every one. On the one hand groups of vulnerable citizens need to be stimulated or supported. On the other hand we need to work towards an accessible society in which everyone is included.
We aim for full participation in society. In our view, employment is the ultimate form of participation and taking part in society. It brings structure into the days, offers social contacts, a feeling of contributing, money and status. However, some groups of people are at a larger distance from the labour market, for instance older low-educated women, women in vulnerable positions, men with an ethnic background, young disabled people or young school dropouts without certificate. They lack self-confidence and skills, the match between education and labour market is insufficient, and employers sometimes have negative views of their capacities.
In the past Movisie designed programmes to guide these groups towards volunteering. Take for instance the programme 1001Kracht (1001Force), in which women of ethnic background were supported to do volunteer work. The evaluation of the programme showed that women clearly indicated their readiness to focus on paid employment in future.
However, practice shows that municipalities and civil society organisations work towards activation and resilience of these groups, but do not succeed to make the final step towards paid employment. At the same time the Netherlands is preparing to implement an Act that no longer takes people’s limitations and shortcomings as point of departure, but focuses on their labour capacity or capacity to participate in society. The Act emphasizes the development of talents to capacity and using these to gain an independent income or to contribute meaningfully to society.
Movisie focuses on the gap between municipalities and civil society organisations working with people with a large distance from the labour market on the one hand, and the employers who have to offer the work on the other hand. We contact employers and employers’ unions and organise encounters between employers, municipal authorities and civil society organisations. We design networks, exchange, describe and disseminate good examples and methods, we train job coaches, write articles and offer consultation. Our aim is to let employers and people at a distance from the labour market find each other, to get people to work and to stay employed. In this way they can participate in society to their capacity.
Examples of projects we did:
You can also download our factsheet on Inclusion and Emancipation.
Wil Verschoor, +31 (0)30 789 2108