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Project Update, July 2020
Project partners are delighted to announce that Gender+ has been chosen as a GOOD PRACTICE IN INCLUSIVE EMPLOYMENT by the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion!
We look forward to having the opportunity to share our project outputs with stakeholders across Europe.
Fourth Transnational Meeting, April 2020
Our Fourth Transnational Meeting took place via Skype on 22-23 April, due to the ongoing lockdown. Despite the difficult circumstances we are currently facing, this meeting gave the partnership chance to assess the progress of our project and set deadlines for the rest of 2020. We discussed the development of our 'Gender Champion' skills profile, as well as ways to boost the dissemination of our outputs. The second day allowed us to analyse initial feedback from the piloting of our Benchmarking Tool, which enables VET (Vocational Education and Training) professionals to assess gender inclusivity in their workplace. We are all looking forward to the next sixth months of working together on this innovative project!
UK Multiplier Event,
20 February 2020
Project coordinator aspire-igen had the opportunity to present Gender+ to fellow attendees at a Multiplier Event held at Europe House, London. This event was hosted by UK NARIC (the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills) and attendees were responsive to the innovative way in which we are exploring gender inclusivity within the VET sector.
Third Transnational Meeting in Nova Gorica, Slovenia,
Our Third Transnational Meeting was hosted by LUNG in Nova Gorica, Slovenia on 5-6 November 2019. Project partners discussed the completion of the Gender+ Charter and ways to disseminate these guidelines which set out the minimum requirements VET (Vocational Education and Training) organisations must adhere to in order be gender inclusive. This Charter has fed into the development of a digital Benchmarking Tool which allows educators to rate their organisation's level of gender inclusivity and track improvement over time. The first version of this tool was presented to partners at the meeting and will be piloted in early 2020. The final part of our meeting in Slovenia involved the presentation of the third and final output of the project - the Gender Champion skills profile. This HR document will be a key tool in ensuring delivery of gender inclusive training programmes.
UK Multiplier Event,
25 October 2019
Project coordinator aspire-igen presented the Gender+ Charter at a seminar in Leeds as part of European Vocational Skills Week 2019. One of the attendees was a member of the UK National Agency so it was a great opportunity to present the current progress of the Gender+ project!
Bulgarian Multiplier Event,
21 October 2019
The Gender+ project was presented in a seminar for teachers, trainers and career guidance practitioners in Sofia. BFE presented the project objectives and expected results, including the Gender+ Charter which provides guidelines for gender inclusive teaching practices. Based on this Charter, the partnership is developing an online benchmarking tool which will help practitioners and VET providers assess and improve their policies.
Second Transnational Meeting
in Nicosia, Cyprus
Our Second Transnational Meeting was hosted by CSI in Nicosia, Cyprus on 21 May 2019. The partnership presented the findings of their national reports into gender inclusion: we discussed the findings of our interviews with policymakers, advocacy groups and VET leaders, presented evidence of best practices in the field and highlighted policies and approaches currently implemented, as well as conducting a SWOT analysis of gender inclusion in each partner country. The results of this research form the groundwork for the Gender+ Charter being produced. We spent the second half of the project meeting brainstorming ideas for the development of our next project output, the Gender Footprint Benchmarking Tool – read more about this interactive resource in the ‘Outputs’ section of our website.
Kick-off Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria
BFE hosted the kick-off meeting of the Gender+ project, which took place in Sofia on 14-15 January 2019. The partnership discussed the state of gender inclusion in the partners' countries, as well as the opportunities for and challenges to a more embracing training provision. The coordinator aspire-igen facilitated an Impact+ workshop which helped the partnership set key milestones and success indicators. In the next few months, the consortium will conduct desk research and field interviews to identify best practices and emergent trends across Europe. Based on these findings, the partnership will develop the Gender+ Charter which will set out the minimum requirements an organisation needs to conform to in order to consider its provisions gender positive. For more information, follow the Gender+ Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Gender-354568035077035/