Gender discrimination in the labour market and in education remain rife today, with many young women experiencing job insecurity, lower wages than male peers, biased job interviews process among a lack of participation in STEM fields within Higher Education. In the European Union, within most economic fields women earn on average 16% less than men, a figure that is well known among most Europeans (69%), yet not for a third of employees who do not know the wages of their colleagues.
These inequalities vary across member states yet are wide and all-encompassing across all sectors, and violate fundamental rights, imposing a heavy toll on the economy and resulting in underutilization of talent. Another issue linked to gender discrimination in the workplace, education and training stems from gender roles which continue to influence vital individual decisions for education, working arrangements, family and fertility.
To help promote good practices on gender roles and overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and workplaces, the GET UP project focuses its efforts on improving the competences of key actors (e.g. HR staff in recruitment and selection, teachers for counselling, officers in public services) in transition phases. In addition, the GET UP project aims to work on integrating skills and competences of HR managers and employers so as to promote and ensure gender equality at the workplace.
To help overcome unfair discrimination practices in education and labour market, a number of initiatives were launched:
(2) #GetUp_Project – GENDER PAY GAP
(3) #GetUp_Project – WORK LIFE BALANCE
Furthermore, a Stakeholders’ Roundtable was organised and hosted by the Umbria Region and attended by representatives of Public Employment Services, European Associations for the Education, EU Commission representatives and other relevant stakeholders on 10 October 2018 in Brussels.
SOLIDAR Foundation participated to the Roundtable, in which we advocated for implementation of targeted and continuous training for different teaching workforce around Europe. Furthermore, gender-neutral curricula are also a necessary change to reduce gender-based discrimination in the education and workplace, along with reform of sexual education in order to install sense of share responsibility over family duties and to fight career stereotypes. As the #MeToo movement is now targeting EU institutions, so as not to backfire should any such a movement be accompanied by educational elements to spread and explain the main message and reasons behind it, as the Education and Lifelong Learning pillar at SOLIDAR Foundation has always promoted.
Starting from February, 1st to April, 30th, the #getup_project proposes a call to European citizens to think and express, through original shots, stereotypes and gender differences in education, training and career, imagining a future free from gender inequality.