ALDA for women and girls in science!
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science takes place every year on February 11th. ALDA joins international organisations in promoting gender equality from the very early stages of education as often education and career paths are guided by gender-based stereotypes from the first stages. It demonstrates an important cultural gap not only within the society as a whole but also in the professional figures which play important role for the individuals in transition periods and especially for those young who might be easily influenced. These, for their professional role, need to increase their skills and competences on gender equality and to become able to raise awareness on gender stereotypes at the workplace.
As a result of the gender stereotyping, according to UNESCO ‘the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.’
ALDA is strongly committed to combating gender stereotypes and promoting inclusive and non-discriminatory education and workplace practices. As part of the GET UP (Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination Practices in education and labour market) project, ALDA conducted a series of activities which aim at fostering awareness about gender equality in education and professional life.
At the beginning of the project, ALDA and its partners organised a survey to conduct a sound needs analysis on the level of awareness of the gender-related bias in place in education and at the workplace and to understand what the target groups (teachers, HR experts etc.) perceive as discriminatory habits within these specific contexts. On the basis of the survey results, the consortium developed the report with the survey results and European Minimum Standard of Competences on Gender Equality which is a set of knowledge, skills and behaviours required to combat gender stereotypes and discrimination in education, training and at the workplace.
Within the scope of the project, the partners are currently developing a Gender Equality Training (GET) which is based upon the Minimum Standard of Competences and the research results. The training aims to facilitate the encounter of professionals from different stages of the education-training-labour market chain who operate at implementation and management level, increasing mutual understanding and thus facilitating their direct involvement in the awareness raising campaigns. More about the project can be found on ALDA's website.
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