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7 Focus Groups, 723 responses and a future campaign: project GET UP scaling up gender equality



On 21-22 June, ALDA and its partners met for the second coordination meeting of the GET UP Project in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss the outcomes of the first Working Stream. The meeting was hosted by the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria and involved also the participation of external gender equality experts from each partner country.

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During the 2 working days the partners discussed about the Survey results and Report, Focus Groups outcomes, the draft of the European Minimum Standard of Competences and its validation, further training materials to be developed and the Awareness Raising Campaign.
 
The meeting highlighted the following results and processes to be further developed:
  1. the Get UP Survey was concluded by all partners being translated in 6 languages and gathering 723 responses across EU Members States. The partners reached overall more than 24.000 people (direct and indirect target) though social media, mailing lists, newsletters networks and professional contacts; 
  2. 7 Focus Groups were implemented in Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Poland where representatives of Trade Unions, gender equality experts, trainers, career guidance professionals, HR managers or employers discussed the existing national challenges and needs in terms of skills and competences to ensure gender equality in the education-to-work transition phases and not only;
  3. based on the national researches on the legal and institutional frameworks on gender equality, the gaps in terms of needs and competences were identified; 
  4. the research, along with the Focus Groups and Survey results, served to build the draft of the European Minimum Standard of Competences framework. In the consultation phase of the meeting, experts brought in their contribution to the development of the EMSC by commenting on how they could – or suggest to – disseminate the EMSC and further exploit it and on the contents of the EMSC by proposing integrations/changes/adaptations.
The partners agreed on the further actions to be developed including the training materials, the Awareness Raising Campaign activities and the text transnational training to be held in December in Perugia, Italy.
 
The second international meeting in Sofia proved once again the full commitment of the partners and that GET UP Project is achieving its objectives by bringing gender equality topic on the national and European debate.
 
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