Activity of FIONA - Fiatal Nőkért Alapítvány (Foundation for Young Women)
Aims and objectives
The aim of the foundation is to promote gender equality, especially among young people by raising their involvement and participation in gender equality policy making and regional and national social and civil life. The foundation also aims to raise awareness among young people - mainly girls and young women - concerning gender discrimination through strengthening their self-awareness and their knowledge of human rights. The main focus areas are: fighting gender stereotypes; gender equality in education, work and media; work-life balance.
Name: FIONA - Fiatal Nőkért Alapítvány (Foundation for Young Women)
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Hungary
Organisation Zip Code: 1051
Name: Fanni Borbiro
We try to motivate young people (boys and men included) through awareness raising, education, and using the media, which is usually a tool for strengthening gender stereotypes, against these stereotypes. We also involve them in our interactive workshops for high school students. The "Férfibeszéd - családról és munkáról" (Man talk - on work and family) research, was conducted between January and March 2007. The research was based on 40 interviews conducted with two target groups (male leaders of the "family-friendly workplace" award-winning firms and male politicians responsible for work-life balance and gender equality policy in Hungary). It also included background research on the social, legislative, and economic environment for work-life balance initiatives in the European Union and, particularly, in Hungary. The project was financed by the Ministry of Social and Employment Affairs. Our workshops for high school students were developed in 2006 when for the first time we participated in Equality week at Berzsenyi Dániel High School in Budapest. We have carried out our workshops at 2 other high schools since then. We have multiple types and themes for workshops, such as: basic training on gender equality, gender roles, discrimination, and feminism; gender and media: creating advertisements and analysing newspaper articles through a gendered lens; special, only-boys and only-girls clubs with counsellors; gender game (outdoor); exhibition about sexist advertisements; film screenings and discussions on the topics (violence against women, prostitution).
The final study of the Man Talk research was published in Hungarian: Borbíró F., Juhász B., Nagy B., Pál K. (2008) Férfibeszéd - családról és munkáról (Man talk - on work and family), In: Munka és magánélet (Work and private life), Nemzeti Fejlesztési Ügynökség HEFOP EQUAL IH, Budapest. It is also accessible on the foundation' website: http://fiona.org.hu/projektek/ferfibeszed.shtml English language summary of the Man talk research: http://www.tusarok.org/rovatok/cikk.php?id=1969