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|Name of Organisation:||Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna CSGE –Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione – Department of Education)|
|Main implementing organisation:||Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Educazione|
|Line of Business:||Main faculties: political Science, law, economics, literature, Physic, Mathematics.|
|End Date:||Still Ongoing|
|Number of Employees||6173||50.58 %|
|Employees in R&D||3129||36.31 %|
|Number of Employees in Top Positions||90||34.44 %|
|Transferability of the initiative||Programme is considered to be transferable to another context|
|Type of initiative referring to strategic objectives||structural|
|gender in research|
|Type of initiative, located on the stage of career progression of women scientists||Qualification (Higher Education)|
Short/long term objectives:
Cultural stereotypes in the media, gender prejudice in everyday life, cultural and hierarchical discrimination in education and labour market.
The Centre has gained high consideration in the region and has been a major partner in public seminars, meetings and conferences covering the general area of gender equality. It also has been involved in developing research and funding projects at the local level to maximize women's rights and female participation in the labour market.
The centre after one year of activity cover now all its objectives through different activities (see question 27). The success can be showed by 2 indicators:
a) Lunch-seminar: about 40-50 per meeting (audience is composed of teachers, researchers, graduate students, postdocs, and occasionally students in specific course);
b) Cineforum: about 20-25 per projection (audience of students, teachers, citizenship).
The Centre has been founded by a group of researchers and lecturers who are experts involved in the interdisciplinary research on gender and education (sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, teachers, historians, philosophers and other staff experts).
Before the start of the initiative, the University provided individual courses and research on gender-related topics.
The Centre has a Scientific and an Organizing Committee. All decisions are made democratically. The staff includes 18 members (17 women, 1 man) and the initiative is conducted in a collective manner.
The Centre collaborates with professors, scientists and researchers of the Department including different disciplines, Education, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Physical and Natural Sciences.
The initiative is being implemented firstly through the realization of a website (http://www.csge.unibo.it/), afterwards thanks to meetings and seminars, and an intense “field work” with local actors.
The Dipartimento in Scienze dell’Educazione (University Department) has been the major financier so far. Staff members are nonetheless involved in fundraising for future CSGE initiatives.
Very important initiatives are mainly themed events and study days to celebrate important dates like March 8 and Nov. 25. The aim is to disseminate the results of studies and research to the public in general to have an immediate impact on the territory.
Scheduled activities are:
1) I mercoledì del CSGE - lunch seminars
Every last Wednesday of the month, the CSGE organized a research lunch seminar that is free and open to all interested in gender issues and education.
Teachers, experts and researchers in gender studies are invited to present the most innovative areas of research. Male and female students, teachers, researchers and scientists are invited and actively involved in the final discussion.
2) Movie forums
The main feature is the vision of gender related movies commented by one or more experts followed by a broad discussion of depth, usually very interesting and fruitful.
3) Ongoing research
Two year interdisciplinary research project on “GENDER PROCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE: ISSUES AND EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL”, followed by specific dissemination actions. For instance events have been organized for the women’s day (8th March ) and on the day that remembers violence against women (25 November).
4) CSGE Awards for graduation thesis
Open competition to reward the best thesis on gender issues.
Levels of participation from specialists and the general public are high. The main events are organized in cooperation with other local organizations, very good connection with the local context.
Lack of budget and fundraising
Networking and communication between researchers in different disciplines is very important to highlight the crosscutting aspect of gender in research. Departments and Faculties should improve their engagement in that.
The initiative has been implemented in the frame of the general gender strategy promoted by the Equal Opportunities Committee of the University. Moreover the implementing organization had the opportunity to coordinate with the AdDU (Association of Academic Women) and other universities and educational organizations working in gender & research. All that fostered promoted links among departments and local context.
Public seminars and researches will continue. They have already been planned.
The initiative is embedded in a wider strategy to promote equal opportunities in the university promoted by the Center where gender balance in academic sector is one of the major objective. Web site is very clear and rich in information. Moreover there are strong links with the Equal opportunity committee of the university as well as strong cooperation.
CSGE is very innovative in the way they try to promote gender perspective of the educational process to the local public trying to disseminate its cross cutting feature and to link it with the international context. CSGE tries to reach a wide range of public with different and very innovative initiatives.
Not yet planned
5 out 5 criteria have been fulfilled. The centre is quite new but already very active and it seems to have a strong impact on the national context.
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