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

Video

Video Education Trade Unions for the Teaching Profession: Let’s Talk About Gender Equality! has been developed in the framework of the project with a view to be used by education trade unions to promote their role in addressing gender equality issues in the education sector, teaching profession and society as a whole.

Share this video in English, French and Russian.

Research

The ETUCE Secretariat carried out an online survey among its member organisations (69 responses from 43 countries) 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 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.

Please find the research report and executive summaries (EN, FR, RU) here.

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

Training workshop in Vilnius

vilnius3At the 1.5-day training workshop that took place on 25-26 February 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania, more than 30 participants, representing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Serbia, had the opportunity to exchange with fellow trade unionists on pertinent matters of gender equality such as horizontal and vertical segregation in the education sector, work-life balance challenges, gender pay and pension gaps in the teaching profession and gender-based violence in the workplace through a mixture of panel discussions, presentations, working groups and practical exercises. Participants provided examples of actions undertaken within their respective unions to address gender inequality using social dialogue instruments, such as establishing a gender equality department within trade unions, organising training courses and campaigns, presenting legislative proposals and negotiating the collective agreements that include provisions on gender equality in the education sector. Virginija Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), enlightened participants on the wide range of studies that EIGE conducts on topics such as teachers’ knowledge of gender equality, female participation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), lifelong learning and teacher training.

Report - Background document – Presentations (General Presentation - Background Research - LIZDA - EEPU - SEB - FSLI - SKOiW Solidarnosc - SNES-FSU - UNIVERSITAS) -  Pictures

Training workshop in Munich

40532156713 e95edf8071 mAt the 1.5-day training workshop that took place on 28-29 March 2019 in Munich, Germany, more than 25 participants, representing Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom had the opportunity to exchange with fellow trade unionists on pertinent matters of gender equality such as horizontal and vertical segregation in the education sector, work-life balance challenges, gender pay and pension gaps in the teaching profession and gender-based violence in the workplace through a mixture of panel discussions, presentations, working groups and practical exercises. Participants provided examples of actions undertaken within their respective unions to address gender inequality using social dialogue instruments, such as establishing a gender equality department within trade unions, engaging staff dedicated to gender equality policy, introducing quotas to ensure greater representation of women in decision-making positions, and setting up a women’s organising forum to promote female engagement in the union.

Héctor Cebolla Boado, Research expert of Population Europe, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, spoke about the feminisation of the teaching profession and showed that economic governance has a strong impact on gender equality in the education sector while there is no difference in self-efficacy between the genders.

Report - Background document – Presentations (General Presentation - Background Research - AObOAJTUINUTNASUWTDOEUNED) -  Pictures

 

Closing conference

ETUCE Gender Equality ConferenceThe Closing Conference, which took place in Bucharest on 16-17 September in the Parliamentary Palace of Romania, concluded the project and provided opportunities to discuss burning issues of gender inequality in the education sector, and share practical tools to address it. In particular, Conference participants explored ways to introduce the gender equality aspect in social dialogue and collective bargaining with employers. Representatives of ETUCE member organisations from 29 European countries debated with European policymakers and gender equality experts, addressing such significant issues as gender stereotypes, sexism and the lack of teacher initial training on gender equality, as well as suggested solutions for speeding up Europe’s progress towards gender equality. At the Good Practices Fair, participants also shared their union’s work on promoting gender equality in the teaching profession and in society as a whole. Furthermore, during interactive working group sessions, participants had fruitful discussions which validated the updated ETUCE Gender Equality Action Plan.

Report  - Background document – Presentations (General Presentation - Researchers Presentation) – Pictures 

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’ good 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.

The online Database of Good Practices developed in the framework of the project, contains descriptions and links to practical initiatives on various topics implemented by the ETUCE member organisations. The aim of the work on good practices is to enhance the effective implementation of ETUCE policies by the ETUCE member organisations on national and regional level. This database is to be used by education trade unions as a source of inspiration and as a practical manual of tools and arguments proven successful within education trade unions and in the education sector.

If you would like to feature your good practice in this database, please fill in the form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find the Online Database of Good Practices here.

 

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

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