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Latin America and the Caribbean
Women head of household (Mujeres Jefas de Hogar)(2007- )



Date: 2007-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The programme aims to contribute to the labour inclusion of women, delivering tools to overcome the main access barriers to get in the labout market. Thus, the programme offers and articulates different services to the participants, such as: labour training, vocational training (between 80 and 300 hours), labour intermediation, entrepreneurship support, studies leveling, access to care services and dental health.


Target population: Women aged 18 to 65 years old who belong to the first three income quintiles
Area of intervention: Technical and professional training
Remedial education (leveling of studies)
Labour intermediation services
Support to self-employment
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Proxy means test
Instrument of selection: Social Household Registry (Decree 22, 2015)
Registry of recipients: All programme participants
Comments: It programme priorises the access of female head of households and women who provide income to their families.


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): National Women Service and Gender Equality (SERNAMEG)
Executing organization(s): Local Districts
Source of funding: Government of Chile

1) Labour skills workshops

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Comments: It is the main entrance door to the programme and is a mandatory component
Description: Involves individual and group reflection activities about personal stories, specifically working experience. Therefore, participants can create a personal labour project and define the concrete activities on which they will participate.


2) Training and labour intermediation

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Comments: Labour training is executed by the National Service of Training and Employment (SENCE)
Description: The programme provides training sessions for dependent and independent employment and utilises the courses provided by SENCE, such as: skills training courses, tax exemptions, social programmes scholarships, etc. Regarding to labour intermediation, there are information management and links to the different job positions offered in the territory. As a result, the participants may achieve a labour inclusion as salaried worker or independent worker.


3) Support to the productive promoting of individual and associative enterprises

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Comments: There are agreements with FOSIS and SERCOTEC to set exclusive seats on their training programmes to the participants=s. Local governments assist to this component through their Productive Development Agencies.
Description: The programme delivers knowledge to the participants on areas like micro enterprise management, accounting, business plans elaboration, marketing and trading.


4) Studies leveling

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Comments: The flexible modality requires participants self-discipline and perseverance, some districts support the hiring of teachers who assist participants within their households.
Description: There are three studies leveling schemes: adults education developed by the Centres of Integrated Education for Adults, Free Exams, and a flexible modality offered through Chile Califica programme.


5) Child care

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Description: Is offered preferential access to nurseries and kindergartens (operated by JUNJI or INTEGRA) to participant's children meanwhile participants are working or being trained. For nurseries, children must be aged between 3 months and 2 years old, and for pre-schools ages are between 2 years and 5 years and 11 months old.


6) Dental, Preventive, and Mental healthcare

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Description: Participants had access to benefits provided by primary health care developed by the Ministry of Health. Regarding the exam of preventive health, considers the illnesses covered by AUGE-GES Plan and should be done by the health centres where the participant is registered. Moreover, the attentions of dental, vision and mental health are executed by the Programme of Resoluteness in Primary Care of the Ministry of Health.


Capacitación laboral para la autonomía económica de mujeres en situación de pobreza. El caso de Chile.

Author: Muñoz Rojas, C
Date: 2017
Publication info: Serie Asuntos de Género No 149, CEPAL, Naciones Unidas, Santiago de Chile
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General study


Evaluación de impacto. Programa Nacional de Mujeres Jefas de Hogar

Author: Guernica Consultores
Date: 2010
Publication info:
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation and results




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