8 March is International Women’s Day. This year, the overarching topic of the UN Women’s campaign is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, aiming at raising awareness for the special situation of women in the labour market in times of globalisation and increasing digitalisation.

The Council of the European Union has highlighted the importance of inclusive high-quality education for the future of the European Union. This was stated in the Council’s Conclusions on Inclusion in Diversity to achieve a High Quality Education For All, adopted on 17 February.

On 22 February 2017, the French High Council for Equality between men and women published a report on gender equality in education. The High Council recognises the role of schools as essential for the realisation of an equal society in the future. Noticing that education personnel, and the entire society alike, has internalised gender stereotypes and reproduces these stereotypes throughout the process of education, the High Council critically remarks the lack of additional training dedicated to equality in education.

On 15 March 2017, several education trade unions mobilise for the World Action Day Against Precarity In Higher Education and Research. The action day was initiated by the World Federation of Scientific Workers and is supported by several international associations as well as a number of French, Portuguese and Senegalese national education trade unions, like the  SNCS-FSU, SNEP-FSU, SNESUP-FSU, SNTRS-CGT (France) as well as ABIC, FENPROF and OTC (Portugal).

Turkish media supported the strong voice of education trade unions’ solidarity in the aftermath of the second EI/ETUCE Mission to Ankara, Turkey. The local media reports highlighted the Turkish authorities’ unwillingness to meet with the mission delegation in order to put an end to the ongoing violation and prosecutions of Turkish education  personnel.

On 22 February 2017, ETUCE held the first Advisory Group meeting in the new project “Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession. Strengthening the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs in social dialogue.” The project seeks to build the capacity of education trade unions to represent teachers’ professional needs and to enhance teachers’ professional issues as a crucial matter of social dialogue in the education sector. It is designed for two years (2017-2018) and co-funded by the European Commission.