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GENDER-ED: Combatting gender stereotypes in education and career guidance

Project code: JUST/2015/RGEN/AG/ROLE/9617

Implementation periode:  Jan. 2017- June 2019


  • To address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance;
  • To attract women into male-dominated sectors or occupations, and conversely to attract men into female-dominated sectors or occupations;
  • To challenge stereotypical assumptions about the roles of women and men in the labour market, including in leadership positions, and to change behaviours and practices that hamper equality.


  • Explore the role that schools, teachers and curricula play in terms of perpetuating gender stereotypical behaviours and expectations among girls and boys.
  • Identify the attitudes and beliefs of girls and boys on gender stereotypes in relation to their career choices.
  • Develop innovative pedagogical tools and materials for teachers and career guidance counsellors to combat gender stereotypes in the classroom.
  • Raise awareness on how gender stereotypes inform daily practices in the education setting among all those key actors who are involved: a) secondary school teachers b) in career guidance and mentoring.
  • Raise awareness and understanding among boys and girls on the ways in which gender stereotypes shape and influence the perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and personal choices;
  • Challenge gendered attitudes and behaviour patterns among girls and boys through a reflection process to renegotiate the way they see themselves and others beyond the ‘prohibitions’ and ‘restrictions’ associated with their gender
  • Widely spread policy recommendations and messages in relation to the eradication of gender stereotypes in education.



  • Conduct a diagnostic study using quantitative and qualitative research tools in order to identify those attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate gender stereotypes.
  • Convene and co-ordinate Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) in each partner country.
  • Develop gender sensitive educational programme for teachers to implement in schools with girls and boys (aged 13-16);
  • Update/Develop career counselling manual and teacher’s guide to facilitate and support the implementation of the educational programme for girls and boys (aged 13-16).
  • Develop innovative online game for adolescents (aged 13-16), as a resource to support the deconstruction of traditional and stereotypical attitudes and behaviours related to gender.
  • Teachers’ training seminars, aiming at their capacity building to implement interventions with adolescents utilizing the pedagogical tools and materials developed in Workstream 2.
  • Awareness raising workshops with adolescents at schools by the trained teachers in order to pilot-test & evaluate culturally adapted material and online game (National Packages)
  • Dissemination events in all partner countries.
  • Final conference in Cyprus presenting the results of the project including the recommendations and messages

Downloadable Deliverables:

Attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate or challenge gender stereotypes in education in Romania:  National Diagnostic Report Research Romania


Direct Beneficiaries:

  • 200 secondary school teachers
  • 120 career guidance counsellors
  • 800 secondary school students (aged 13-16 yrs)

Project Coordinator: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (CY)

Project Partners:

  • Cyprus Family Planning Association (CDPA) (CY)
  • Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC)
  • Association for Liberty and Equality of Gender (A.L.E.G.) (RO)
  • Centro Documentazione Donna (CDD) (IT)


Co-Funded by the European Union