Title GenderNet - European Network for Assessment, Validation and Dissemination of Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in Vocational Guidance and Qualification
Project Number A/02/B/F/NT/124.223
Project Type Transnational and Multilateral Network (2000 - 2006)
Marketing Text The GenderNet will be a transnational network from practitionars for practitioners in vocational quali fication and guidance. The installation of a network promoting the European dimension and co-operation in the assessment of gender mainstreaming strategies, methods and materials will therefore become a valuable platform for vocational qualification and guidance organisations, counsellors and for other actors in this field at national and transnational levels.
The implementation of gender mainstreaming for the promotion of equal opportunities in the labour market is a declared objective in the European labour policy. Qualification and guidance programmes increasingly require the integration of explicit gender mainstreaming dimension in the design of their projects and vocational qualification and guidance measures. There is also a considerable lack of specific training methods and materials building balanced relationships between women and men. Furthermore, EU candidate countries need to adapt their vocational guidance and qualification systems, whereas at the same time, they can contribute their experience in providing equal opportunities for women and men.
The installation of a network promoting the European dimension and co-operation in the assessment of gender mainstreaming strategies, methods and materials will therefore become a valuable platform for vocational qualification and guidance organisations, counsellors and for other actors in this field at national and transnational levels.
The GenderNet will be a transnational network from practitionars for practitioners in vocational quali fication and guidance. It is explicitly devoted to collecting, evaluating and disseminating practise oriented expertise and will
• Establish a structure of core partners, permanent relay partners, occasional correspondents and expert institutions. The aim is to facilitate the collection, analysis and exchange of best practise in gender mainstreaming approach, to integrate the EU candidate countries into this process, to benefit from the partners participation in other networks or co-operation agreements, to assemble and build on European expertise and innovatory gender mainstreaming approaches
• Survey gender mainstreaming approaches in completed and current LdV, ESF and other Community funded projects and in national practise (National Employment Plans etc.) in order to assess the levels of gender specific design of vocational qualification and guidance materials and methods
• Identify themes of interest: The network will focus on the most innovative and/or efficient gender sensitive projects, materials or methods, indicate areas with deficits and necessity for future development and anticipate trends and skills requirements
• Evaluate and validate innovatory practise/projects: The aim is to extend the application possibilities of projects, materials or methods with innovative gender mainstreaming approach, e.g. for other target groups, other learning contents etc.
• Create an ICT platform to facilitate, at the widest European level, the access to network contents, to include other contributions into the development by allowing experts, practitioners, researchers and trainers to exchange ideas, developments and practise, to facilitate on-line discussions and to enable flexible reactions on new situations. The GenderNet website will be operated at least two more years, i.e. until end of 2007.
• Disseminate the activities and results in order to ensure a sustainable impact of the network activities and results at the widest European level and to promote the co-operation with other regional or European networks focusing on gender mainstreaming
One of the objectives of the GenderNet project was to develop a network that would be self motivating and self managing. In creating such a network then we would create a self sustaining network. The project partners are encouraged to see that the network is indeed operating in such a fashion, with much activity and discussion on the communication platform being instigated and sustained by new members who are non funded. This suggests that the vocational qualification and guidance community finds the network a useful and interesting forum. The network will therefore continue beyond the lifetime of the project funding, indeed it is continuing to grow with new members being added continuously.
However the original funded members will continue to support and encourage the network. This will be done in the following ways;
· BEST will continue to maintain the project website, database and webboard communication tools, for at least two more years, i.e. until end of 2007.
· Other partners will continue to promote the network in their own countries
· Use will be made of the network to promote GenderNet beyond the original project partnership countries.
· The partners will seek to integrate the activities of GenderNet with the EUROGUIDANCE network. The EUROGUIDANCE network is a network of European Resource Centres serving the guidance communities of the EU member states.
The GenderNet network will also be connected to the LdV project VISIBLE (GENDER SENSITIVE TEACHING AND COUNSELLING IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 2006-2008).