Gender equality and economic integration of ethnic minorities are transversal and cross-borders challenges identified as priorities by the public authorities of all participating countries. Subsequently, in order to efficiently and effectively address these complexes issues, the actions in the field should be carried out through a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach via transnational collaborative projects.

A social enterprise is an operator in the social economy whose main objective is to have a social impact rather than make a profit for their owners or shareholders. It operates by providing goods and services for the market in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion and uses its profits primarily to achieve social objectives .

The importance of social enterprises in tackling social challenges and fostering inclusive growth has been increasingly recognised in recent years across the European Union (EU) . It is the positive impact of SEs on society, the environment and communities which can contribute to implementing the Europe 2020 Strategy and the aim of the Single Market Act for a ‘highly competitive social market economy’.

Nowadays gender inequality continues to be a significant issue worldwide.