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In 2012-2013, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is implementing a project on gender training in the European Union and Croatia.
Gender mainstreaming is not a goal in itself but a political strategy, which requires that gender concerns are integrated into all policy decisions, legal frameworks, activities and programmes. In the context of EU policy-making, gender mainstreaming has been a policy priority since 1996. In order for gender mainstreaming to be implemented effectively, the right expertise and tools need to be in place; training, therefore, has a central role in supporting actors to fulfill their mandates.
After gaining administrative independence in 2010, the European Institute for Gender Equality set to support institutions at national and EU level in their efforts to promote gender mainstreaming. Gender training, in particular disseminating resources (e.g. training manuals, toolkits, guidelines etc.) and good practices, is a priority area for the Institute in this endeavour.
Gender Training is an educational tool employed by EU and MS institutions that targets actors normally involved in policy-making at all levels of governance with an aim to develop their gender (mainstreaming) competence.
Gender Training refers to a range of gender awareness-raising and training activities, starting with the general awareness- raising courses for all the staff (including the management) and ending with specific training sessions aimed at transferring specialized knowledge (including methods and techniques) on how to put gender equality into practice to specific set of actors.
Through collection and dissemination of information on gender trainers, gender training materials and good practices, EIGE aims to support the transnational learning process and contribute to building the gender capacity of relevant actors.
The institutes aims to bring together relevant actors, including policy makers and staff of public administrations, gender trainers, experts and researchers for a more effective and sustainable exchange of information and expertise.
The online discussion on gender training in the EU was held on 25-26 September 2012, using EIGE’s new technical platform EuroGender. The discussion was facilitated by Kelly Shephard, Editorial Manager, IDS Knowledge Services and supported by Jenny Birchall and Alyson Brody, senior members of the BRIDGE team.
The objective of the forum was two-fold:
The discussion brought together 33 people who submitted a total of 220 responses on a wide range of gender training related issues.
On 13-14 November 2012, EIGE is holding a European conference ‘Advancing Gender Training to Support Effective Gender Mainstreaming’ in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The conference will bring together: the representatives of institutions that commission gender training, gender trainers, researchers and gender equality experts. It will provide an opportunity to exchange practices on gender training with the view to improving knowledge of policy makers to effectively mainstream gender.
For more information on the conference please visit the conference page.