“Gender equality in crisis” Call for partners
Dear Member Organizations, we are looking for partners for the KA1 youth exchange! Below you can see more information.
As we all know Europe is currently facing a quite big financial crisis. Countries are in debt, people do not have jobs and some families struggle to make the meets end. There is yet another problem that Europe is constantly facing for decades now – that is the lack of gender equality.
Although a lot has been done recently in this field it is still a problematic issue in a lot of European countries, especially in some new member states of the European Union and some rural areas. The main reason standing behind gender inequality are usually cultural reasons and it is very important to note how worrying this phenomenon seems, especially in the times of economic crisis – we cannot simply ignore the needs, ambitions and skills of half of the society.
Most of us like to think that women and men are equal in all areas of their life, however it is not always the case. There are different challenges, especially in the field of education and employment that girls and women have to face.
From the earliest age girls are prepared to become caring mothers and wives – even the toys that they are playing with usually have a link to their socially-bound roles. When they enter into formal education it is often considered that they do not need the same level of education as boys do, as they will most probably at some point stay at home to take care of their families. In poorer families it is often the case that only the son is sent to university to continue his education whereas the daughter is staying at home helping her family out in everyday tasks.
When it comes to employment of women, especially young graduates, the employers are often afraid that young women will soon start a family, which automatically will put it before their work. Employers assume that once they become mothers they will be worse employees and will be taking days off in order to take care of sick children – and who is going to do their work then?
Gender inequality had different causes however it seems like the most important ones are the cultural reasons – our societies still are patriarchal and fit into old fashion gender-based roles. When it comes to education, although the overall number of women in tertiary education is higher than the number of man women tend to graduate in more “feminine” fields – as teachers, nurses or so. It also happens that even though women finish university and have the same qualifications as their male peers they work under their qualifications as they cannot find a job fitting the qualifications they have, or it is hard to find such if they need to work part time for family reasons.
Lack of gender equality has a lot of consequences on today’s society – to start with the social exclusion of women and their lower self-esteem to finish with lower employability, especially in higher posts and lower wages (comparing to men, fitting in the same job description).
Gender equality is also a base for a sustainable development of modern continues – women make more than 50% of European labor and European Union, especially in times of economic crisis that we are witnessing, cannot afford to leave them outside of the work market and not notice the problem. Women are needed not only at homes but also at the labor market.
This youth exchange will tackle issues connected to gender equality especially in the field of education and employment. It will concentrate on the need to include girls and women in all areas of social and economic life, especially in times of financial crisis.
The participants will gain knowledge in the field of gender equality and equal treatment. They will be encourage to disseminate the results and ensure gender equality in the actions supported by partner organizations.
The main aim of this youth exchange is developing the competences (skills, knowledge and abilities) of youth workers in the field of gender equality, especially in terms of education and employment, putting an emphasis on the currently witnessed economic crisis.
• To discuss the situation of girls and women all over Europe, especially in terms of education and employment
• To share good practices related to ensuring gender equality in education and employment in different European countries
• To combat stereotypes related to the role of women in society
• To understand the causes of gender inequality as well as the consequences deriving from it
• To establish rules and good practices related to gender equality, especially in education and labor market and promote them on European level
• To produce recommendations on gender equality in terms of education and employment and advocate on it on all levels
• To empower women as it comes to their education and employment
• Youth leaders, youth workers, trainers, PET members, organizers involved in the partner organizations (18-30 years old)
• Interested in issues connected to gender equality
• Willing to learn
• Ready to act as multipliers of the project
• Willing to disseminate the results of the project
Location and dates
The youth exchange will take place in Portugal, in September 2015. The exact dates and venue will be decided on a later stage.
If you are interested to become partner, please follow the instructions below. Don’t forget that being partner in youth exchange means you need to select and send 5 participants.
If you are interested to become a partner, please fill in the data requested in YEU Intranet. Please adjust the form according to the topic of the project and provide thorough information since the quality of the partnership is taken into consideration when the National Agencies evaluate the application. We cannot accept one-line answers.
Please, apply by the 15th January 2015.
The mandate form will be sent to the applicants later on, after the National Agency provides us with the new mandate forms. If you have any questions, send e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
We would be happy to work with you!
* Call is open for all Member Organizations and countries. However, YEU will select partners based on quality of application as well as available funds of National Agency.