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|Name of Organisation:||Research Centre for Gender Equality|
|Main implementing organisation:||Research Centre for Gender Equality|
|Line of Business:||The Research Centre for Gender Equality (KETHI) is a legal entity under private law, which is funded and supervised by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights. KETHI functions centrally in Athens and regionally in Thessaloniki, Patras, Herakleion and Volos. It was founded in 1994, and since then KETHI has positively affected governmental policies on the issue of gender equality through its research, studies, conferences and seminars as well as specific action programmes. The fundamental objectives of KETHI are: to conduct social research on gender equality issues, to improve women's status and enable their advancement in all areas of political, economic and social life. KETHI's activities entail the publication of studies and research, seminars to professionals, conferences, co-operation with NGOs and other agencies for gender mainstreaming. Also, KETHI participates actively in a large number of national and European projects either as a partner or as project leader|
|End Date:||Still Ongoing|
|Number of Employees||22||81.82 %|
|Employees in R&D||2||100 %|
|Number of Employees in Top Positions||3||33.33 %|
|Transferability of the initiative||Programme is considered to be transferable to another context|
|Type of initiative referring to strategic objectives||individual|
|gender in research|
|Type of initiative, located on the stage of career progression of women scientists||Pre-University|
|Qualification (Higher Education)|
Short term objectives:
Long term objectives:
Some of the barriers addressed in this initiative, are:
-Disadvantages in the domestic labor market based in gender
- Gender differentiation in the occupational and professional placement of men and women.
- Horizontal and vertical gender discriminations, with regard to hierarchy placement is concerned. These discriminations refer to a discrepancy of the quantity of women involved in teaching and the possession of higher management positions (vertical discrimination).
During the implementation of the initiative, all objectives were attained.
More specifically, there was publication of 750 copies of each of the 11 studies on gender issues were published.
The number of visits to and downloads of the research studies on project’s website is increasing as are the requests for printed copies of these publications.
The workshop organised on 30th October 2008 in Athens, enjoyed a high level of participation by key policy actors and decision makers.
A leaflet including information about the role and the activities of the “Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Educational Policy on Gender Issues” was also produced.
Further to the objectives planned, we should mention the creation of a database of researchers, studies for networking with Committees and organisations with similar objectives at EU level as well as further research on gender issues by KETHI and other research institutions.
The motive for launching this initiative was one of the basic strategic objective of the Research Centre for Gender Equality and of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality: increasing research at national level on the topic of gender equality in education and initiating measures aiming at promoting equality among women and men in the education process.
KETHI has undertaken several action projects:
- Teacher’s Sensitisation & Intervention Strategies in Education for the Promotion of Gender Equality (Programme “Education & Basic Vocational Training”).
- Scientific Advisor of the General Secretariat for Equality in Actions for Information, Counselling, Social Support and Vocational Training for Women (Programme “Employment & Vocational Training”).
- Localising Gender Equality through Development (Community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality).
Direct Target Groups:
KETHI and the General Secretariat for Gender Equality have created the Observatory for gender equality in education. The mission of the Observatory is to monitor the effectiveness of measures and policies implemented for combating gender discrimination in education. More specifically, its objectives, among others, are to conduct quantitative and qualitative research in order to clarify the influence of gender stereotypes in education, create indicators to monitor the course of boys and girls at all educational levels and make concrete, useful and up-to-date recommendations to the Greek government for new measures and policies.
The initiative was funded by the European Social Fund (80%) and the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (20%).
The initiative was managed by the Monitoring and Scientific Committee. The Observatory is supervised by a Committee presided by the General Secretary for Gender Equality. Members of the Committee are also, the Special Secretary for Multicultural Education from the Ministry of Education, the President of KETHI, the General Director of KETHI and a Special Advisor of the General Secretary for Gender Equality.
A scientific Committee staffed by accredited academics is responsible for any research project made for the Observatory. They are responsible for delineating the goals, methods and implementation of the studies funded by the Observatory, and also for evaluating projects submitted.
During the implementation of the initiative, there were studies for the prospects of networking with Committees and organisations with similar objectives at EU level as well as the creation of a database of researchers.
750 copies of each of the 11 studies on gender issues were published. More information is available in the field "Additional information".
The initiative made a great impact on the target group, especially on academics, students and teachers.
The success of the implementation of the initiative is mainly attributed to the expertise of the group of people responsible for its implementation. More specifically, the support by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Education and of academics and experts who carried out the studies resulted in the development of policies to boost gender balance in R&D, on the one hand, and to promote further research, on the other.
The most difficult aspect during the implementation of the project’s activities was overcoming bureaucracy related to issues such as financial management.
The implementation of the specific project was an extremely valuable experience.
One important lesson drawn from this experience was that the involvement of experts and academics coming from various backgrounds contributed to the right implementation of the project and also provided us with high level studies and important data.
However, there should have been a higher effort to involve more key organisations and experts and also to continue and extend our research on issues related to gender equality in education.
Collaborating and networking with academics and experts contributed to research studies on education and gender issues which provided important data, enriched KETHI’s work and resulted in further research and recommendations to policy actors and decision makers.
Additionally, the project contributed to the promotion of one of the basic strategic objectives of the organisation: “Promotion of equality among women and men in the education process – Combating stereotypes”.
- Ongoing activities of the Committee - networking activities with Committees and organisations with similar objectives at EU level
- Online availability and the possibility of ordering published studies on gender issues
- Update of database of researchers
- Continuous communication with people and organisations involved in the project.
Gender balance is the primary objective of the Research Centre for Gender Equality. This affects R&D directly.
It has never been implemented such an initiative in Greece before. In that way, the “Observatory for gender equality in education” is innovative.
It is the only mechanism promoting collaboration and research between research institutions, organizations active in the process of promoting gender equality in education and individuals both at national and EU level as well as monitoring the effectiveness of measures and policies implemented for combating gender discrimination in education at pre-University and University level and making concrete, useful and up-to-date recommendations to the Greek government for new measures and policies.
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