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Empowerment of young ethnic minority women while respecting their cultural background

Who leads this initiative of intercultural dialogue ?

SALTO-YOUTH (Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities for Youth) works within the Erasmus+ Youth programme, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.  As part of the European Commission's Training Strategy, SALTO-YOUTH provides non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders, and organises training and contact-making activities.

What is this good practice about ?

Empowerment means ensuring that individuals have the capacity and opportunity to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed life choices. With this in mind this resource is designed to help create a greater understanding of the theory and practice of empowering young ethnic minority women and to enable the reader to share that knowledge and understanding with those who would question its benefits and potential.

How does this initiative contribute to intercultural dialogue?

Empowerment is a concept that cannot be imposed, no matter how fair and universal we believe it is. When it comes to ethnic minority women, there are very specific cultural, identity, traditions, codes to be aware of, in order to manage to engage with them efficiently. This resources gives away keys to open doors, that are more subtle to open than one may think.

Courses / trainings
Gender-inclusive education in Sciences - Toolkit for Museums

Hypatia Project tackles the issue of gender inequality when it comes to engaging with Sciences - especially in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM). Overall, young girls and women are less included in these subjects: no specific efforts are made to facilitate their involvement, to grab their attention, to trigger their interest. This happens in multiple environments such as schools, museums etc., and stereotypes remain very strong - not only regarding young girls and women but also regarding young boys men's role in Sciences.

The project team has designed very practical toolkits, providing concrete solutions (including hands-on activities, informal discussions and meetings with STEM professionals) to bridge the divide. Discover now the wide range of possibilities, with ready-to-use digital collection of modules / activities aimed at teenagers to be used by informal learning cultural organisations to promote gender inclusion.

Courses / trainings
Gender-inclusive education in Sciences - Toolkit for industries and research organisations

Hypatia Project tackles the issue of gender inequality when it comes to engaging with Sciences - especially in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM). Overall, young girls and women are less included in these subjects: no specific efforts are made to facilitate their involvement, to grab their attention, to trigger their interest. This happens in multiple environments such as schools, museums etc., and stereotypes remain very strong - not only regarding young girls and women but also regarding young boys men's role in Sciences.

The project team has designed very practical toolkits, providing concrete solutions (including hands-on activities, informal discussions and meetings with STEM professionals) to bridge the divide. Discover now the wide range of possibilities, with ready-to-use digital collection of modules / activities aimed at teenagers to be used to be used by researchers and industry.

Courses / trainings
Gender-inclusive education in Sciences - Toolkit for Schools

Hypatia Project tackles the issue of gender inequality when it comes to engaging with Sciences - especially in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM). Overall, young girls and women are less included in these subjects: no specific efforts are made to facilitate their involvement, to grab their attention, to trigger their interest. This happens in multiple environments such as schools, museums etc., and stereotypes remain very strong - not only regarding young girls and women but also regarding young boys men's role in Sciences.

The project team has designed very practical toolkits, providing concrete solutions (including hands-on activities, informal discussions and meetings with STEM professionals) to bridge the divide. Discover now the wide range of possibilities, with ready-to-use digital collection of modules / activities aimed at teenagers to be used by teachers.

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Intercultural dialogue for gender inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education

What is at stake?

Research shows that many institutions involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education (STEM) have built-in gender excluding mechanisms.

How can intercultural dialogue help?

In this specific case, intercultural dialogue is essential to build gender-inclusive environments, in schools, museums, research institutions etc. dealing with STEM on an every-day basis. Providing the opportunity to tackle the issue of discrimination based on gender, through an open dialogue between girls and boys, women and men, will be key to assess the tangible situations of injustice, to exchange ideas and to eventually work together to shape sustainable solutions.

Why is this a good practice?

Project HYPATIA has been engaging with schools, museums, research institutions and industry, in multiple places of the world, in order to provide staff members, managers, and decision makers in STEM education with concrete and operational guidelines on how to change the way science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is communicated. Such recommendations have been built on the collection of various best practices, that the document highlights with dedicated links.

 

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Gender equality: redraw the balance!

Gender stereotypes are defined by 5-7 years of age: this is why it is so important that children and young people understand that they can achieve anything they want professionally when they grow up, whether they are young girls or young boys. 

Discover the concrete initiative 'Inspiring Women', that helps to broaden the aspirations and interests of children about jobs and careers.

It is time to #Redrawthebalance !

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The global fund for women impact report: gender equality in Asia & the Pacific

'The Global Fund for Women took on one of the most challenging of all of the Millennium  Development Goals—MDG 3—the goal of gender equality. Specifically, the Global Fund Breakthrough Project promoted gender equality and women’s empowerment in areas that require strong women-led activism: to end violence against women, promote  women’s  participation  in  politics  and  public administration,  and  secure  property,  inheritance  rights and broader employment opportunities for women. These are three distinctly important pillars of gender equality and women’s empowerment' Brooke Ackerly, Vanderbilt University.

Projects and Programmes
Fighting gender stereotypes with gender neutral schools

At five preschools in Stockholm, the idea that ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘girls will be girls’ is being challenged in order to break down gender stereotypes: check out the positive results!

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Including gender equality in the curriculum: discover the Gender Responsive Pedagogy of FAWE!

The model trains teachers to be more gender aware and equips them with the skills to understand and address the specific learning needs of both sexes. It develops teaching practices that engender equal treatment and participation of girls and boys in the classroom and in the wider school community.