Advocacy for quality education through gender mainstreaming in high education and science

Project Type: 
Country: 
Moldova
Status: 
Ongoing
Donor(s): 
HOPE'87, UNESCO, Green Nations and the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova
Project Description: 

This project aims to promote and advance gender equality in the Republic of Moldova through creating a gender-sensitive education and research space in the country’s universities.

This project was implemented as the international standards in the field of gender equality expressly stipulate essential elements that show the need to demonstrate a political will in order to achieve equality between women and men. These necessary elements are the adoption and implementation of a legal-normative framework and of policies aimed at gender equality, the creation of specialised institutional mechanisms, the eradication of adverse cultural traditions or harmful social habits that affect women or men, the use of non-sexist language, the allocation of adequate human and financial resources for the promotion of programmes and projects in the field, data, statistics disaggregated by gender as well as strong monitoring and evaluation through a gender lens.

To achieve these goals, methodological tools on gender and education addressed to students were developed for future teachers in Moldova and four master classes as well as dissemination events in university libraries were organised. Taking into consideration that gender stereotypes in the society affects young people (boys and girls), they should be eliminated at all stages of the education system – in kindergarten, school and university. To achieve this, increased gender awareness of education specialists is needed as well as involvement of the university education system in the gender awareness process, teaching materials tackling gender equality and increased gender research in the field of education.