Equinet, together with the Czech Public Defender of Rights, organised a one and a half day capacity-building seminar for equality bodies’ staff members about gender equality in education. The meeting took place in Prague on 19-20 May 2016.
In 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action targeted gender segregation in education, curricula, enrolment and retention rates of women in its action points to further the Education and Training of Women. Yet the European Commission’s Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality (2016-2019) reminds us that “gender inequalities in education persist.” As such, gendered study subject preferences and the gendered discrepancies in educational performance and patterns of participation are targeted as important policy areas for the European Union seeking to ensure gender equality for both men and women.
The collective experience of equality bodies as gathered in the Equinet perspectives Persistence of Discrimination, Harassment and Inequality for Women (2015) and Harassment on the Basis of Gender and Sexual Harassment (2014) echo these concerns. In order to find local solutions, the 2015 Perspective suggests that “equality bodies can promote proactive approaches” in a number of fields, such as:
In order to follow up on this proactive approach, Equinet’s Working Group on Gender Equality held a seminar to exchange good practices and deepen equality bodies’ expertise on successful measures that may be implemented locally to promote gender equality in the educational setting.
The Seminar aimed to:
The final output was a publication by the Working Group on Gender Equality called Equality in the Classroom: Equality Bodies and Gender Equality in Education (2018)
Chair: Evelyn Collins, Chair of the Equinet Executive Board and Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Chair: Petr Polak, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic
Chair: Elisabeth Lier Haugseth, Head of Law Enforcement Department of the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud
The agenda of the event is available here: Agenda
|Gender Equality in Education – Prague, May 2016|