Gender Equality Charter Mark – EU funded project
The objective of this EU funded project is to create whole-school change in schools for 13–18 year olds, that will impact on young people’s expectations of gender roles and challenge gender stereotyping through the creation of a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GECM) quality standard and accreditation tool. This tool will enable a school to measure progress in tackling the effects that gender stereotyping still has on pupils in relation to both subject (and career) choices and as a root cause of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools and wider society.
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Creating a Charter Mark was a key ‘next step’ idea from the teachers involved in DECSY’s Gender Respect Project. This tool will enable a school to measure progress in tackling the effects that gender stereotyping still has on pupils in relation to both subject (and career) choices and as a root of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools and wider society. This project will work with partners developing similar Charter Marks in Hungary and Italy.
Once created, the Gender Equality Charter Mark will be trialled in three secondary schools in each country.
In the near future we hope to secure funding to create a Charter Mark for Primary Schools as well. We are keen to hear from schools interested in taking part in a Primary School pilot phase. Please contact DECSY to express an interest.
For more information about our work with Gender Equality in schools please see our Gender Respect Project 2013 – 2016 report here: Project Evaluation Report and the Gender Respect Project website: https://genderrespect2013.wordpress.com/about/
Progress Report for 2017
- In July, a development group met to develop the GECM draft, then invited pilot applications from secondary schools. Project Worker Clive Belgeonne has been visiting the chosen schools in order to help implement the Charter Mark.
- In September, Clive and Project Manager Helen met with the Institute of Physics who have also been developing a quality mark as part of their Opening Doors project, and agreed to collaborate in the near future to create one single quality mark.
- In November, Clive promoted the project at the ‘Girls to the Front’ conference at Deptford Green High School.
- Both Helen and Clive have quarterly Skype meetings with the international project partners to compare developments.