GenderEquPROJECT 2


Recent socio-economic changes in Europe, the rapid spread of digital technology, and migration have a significant impact on gender equality. However, ETUCE studies reveal that less than 40% of the education trade unions deal with the gendered effect of the economic crisis and address issues of gender equality in social dialogue. To address these findings, ETUCE launched the project “Social dialogue and gender equality: Empowering education trade unions to address gender equality in the teaching profession through social dialogue” which aims to provide education trade unions with concrete tools and practices to address the challenges of gender inequality through enhanced social dialogue in the education sector at national, regional and local level. This two-year project (December 2017- November 2019) continues the work that ETUCE and its member organisations have achieved in this field and seeks to update the existing ETUCE Action Plan on Gender Equality (2010) while promoting concrete measures for its implementation at national and local level.



The ETUCE Secretariat will carry out an online survey among its member organisations combined with a desk research based on ETUCE, EIGE and other studies on gender equality in the teaching profession:

  • to identify national findings related to existing career segregation in the teaching profession, with a special focus on with a special focus on sectoral segregation (e.g. feminisation of early-childhood education and masculinisation of higher education), work-life balance, career development and recognition, gender pay and pension gaps, and gender inequality in decision-making;
  • to identify and analyse the ways gender equality is addressed by education trade unions in social dialogue;
  • to collect trade unions’ good practices of tackling the gender inequality in the education sector through different forms of social dialogue;

The preliminary results of the research show that despite the teaching being a highly gendered profession, only 60% of education trade unions have a department or individuals dealing specifically with gender equality issues. Comparison of the trends between the 2009, 2014 and 2018 surveys shows that the importance and use of various mechanisms for implementing gender equality policies in the education trade unions have been decreasing across the decade, across all types of implementation mechanisms included in the surveys. Moreover, gender equality is a topic that to a large extent is not addressed in social dialogue: only 12% of measures mentioned in the survey were the result of collective bargaining between education employer and trade union organisations.

Training workshops

Three training workshops are planned:

  • to share good practices of tackling the gender inequality in the education sector through different social dialogue instruments and to acquire knowledge and expertise;
  • to discuss the outcomes of the online survey and to enrich the research report with specific country cases;
  • to collect recommendations for the ETUCE Action Plan on Gender Equality
Training workshop in Rome

rome2019 2At the 1.5-day training workshop that took place on 14-15 January 2019 in Rome, Italy, 45 representatives from ETUCE member organisations in Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, had the opportunity to engage with fellow trade unionists on topical matters such as horizontal and vertical segregation in the education sector, work-life balance challenges, the gender pay gap in the teaching profession and gender-based violence in the workplace by way of panel discussions, presentations, working groups and practical exercises. Participants shared examples of actions undertaken within their respective unions to address these difficulties, such as for example, how to establish a gender equality department within trade unions. Anne Bergheim Nègre, Vice-President in charge of Equality in Conference of INGOs, Council of Europe, provided insights into the mechanisms used by the Council of Europe to tackle issues such as gender-based violence and the under-representation of women in decision-making positions.

Report - Background document – Presentations (General Presentation - A Negre - BUPL - EGITIM SEN - OELMEK - MUT - SPASH - UIL Scuola - KTOS - S Liuti - FeSP UGT) - Pictures

The next regional seminars are going to take place in Vilnius (25-26 February 2019) and in Munich (28-29 March 2019).


Closing conference

Two day closing conference for  education trade unions and other European stakeholders in education is to be organised. The main activities of the conference include:

  • discussion on the results of the project activities, including the final research report and the online database of good practices identified in the survey and workshops;
  • discussion on the project topic with European stakeholders;
  • thematic working group sessions to discuss and validate a new ETUCE Action Plan on Gender Equality.
ETUCE Action Plan on Gender Equality

The project seeks to update the existing ETUCE Action Plan on Gender Equality (2010) in order to better support ETUCE member organisations in promoting gender equality within education trade unions and in the teaching profession with a view to provide concrete measures for ensuring the gender equality prospective in the policy-making at national and local level.

Online database of education trade unions’ best practices

An online database of education trade unions’ good practices in mitigating gender segregation and improving gender equality in the teaching profession using social dialogue instruments is to be launched. This database will support education trade unions as a source of inspiration for the implementation of the Action Plan on national and regional level. It will also serve as a practical manual of tools and arguments proven successful for promoting gender equality in the teaching profession and within trade unions.

Advisory Group

The project is led by an Advisory Group who supports the project activities with expertise and knowledge. Six representatives from education trade unions are members:

Rosella Benedetti, UIL-Scuola, Italy

Alexandra Cornea, FSLE, Romania

Ute FOIT, VBE, Germany

Gabriella Tønnesen, BUPL, Denmark

Alexandra Bojanic, SNUIPP, France

Inga Puisa, FLESTU, Lithuania



EU flagThis project is carried out with the financial support of the European Commission