GenderEquPROJECT 2

Description

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.

Activities

Research

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;
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
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

Egidijus Milesinas, FLESTU, Lithuania

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