Project participants and their responsibilities in the project

All partners will collaborate actively on the elaboration of the second intellectual output (Methodology for two training courses in gender sensitive education)

Masaryk University (MU) // Czech Republic

Takes up a leading role in the project involving inter alia project management.

Masaryk University (MU), located in Brno, is the second largest public university in the Czech Republic. At present it comprises nine faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics. It is recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and as a highly-regarded Central European university.

The Faculty of Education’s primary goal is education of the teachers of primary and lower secondary schools, and of secondary schools in certain fields. Besides teaching programmes, the faculty runs studies in special and social education. The Faculty of Education offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s, long-cycle master’s and doctoral programmes. The last degree programme to complete the structure is lifelong learning containing advanced, follow-up, special and conversion programmes and short-term courses to answer the demand in practical teaching.

The Department of Social Education professionally provides several fields of study which focus on the development of social and leisure competences of students for work with various social groups within the framework of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and intervention. Part of the Department of Social Pedagogy is also, among others, the Centre of Multicultural Education, which organizes various activities and programmes aiming at the promotion of education of members of ethnic groups and minorities in the Czech Republic. The department has been involved in several projects related to the development of new approaches in teacher education. The expertise essential for the project is a long experience in using drama education and experiential learning.

Dagmar Krišová is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social Education. She received her B.A. in Social Education and M.A. in Social policy and Human Resources. She has been collaborating externally with the Department of Social Education since 2010 as a lecturer. Since 2014 she has been working at the Czech Office of the Public Defender of Rights where she has gained experience in the project management and promoting public awareness of anti-discrimination and human rights. She is a member of a working group Gender Equality under the European Network of Equality Bodies and a member of the Government Council for Equality of Women and Men.

Lenka Polánková is an assistant professor at the Department of Social Education. She deals with the application of drama in education when working with socially disadvantaged people. She has been teaching drama in education, applied drama and theatre of the oppressed at the Faculty of Education MU and externally at other universities in the Czech Republic since 2003. She has participated in numerous research projects on social education and applied drama.

Dagmar and Lenka are co-founders of the Cabinet of the Theatre of the Oppressed. They have cooperated with various NGOs and have worked with different groups (homeless people, children from institutional care, victims of domestic violence) through social theatre and applied drama techniques.  Patriarchy as one of the types of oppression has interested them since 2013, when they started to examine this topic through drama workshops and theatre forum play.

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) // Hungary

Responsible for the first phase of the project (research) and the first intellectual output of the project (Comprehensive Comparative Research Report).

Faculty of Education and Psychology, Institute of Education, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is located in Budapest and was founded in 1635. It is currently one of the largest universities in Hungary, with eight faculties and over 28 000 students.

ELTE is Hungary’s largest teacher training university offering TE programs in all subject areas and programmes from the areas of early childhood education to special education. The university coordinates development programmes on the national level with the collaboration of other HEI, research institutions and actors from the field of practice, and is an active operator and member of networks for teacher education. The Faculty of Education and Psychology Institute of Education offers degrees in Secondary Teacher Education and degrees in Educational Science as well as bachelor, master and doctoral programmes. It is the main provider of in-service teacher training for Hungarian teachers. It teaches students from all faculties of the University in teacher training or teachers’ further training (approximately 10 000 students altogether).

The Faculty staff is involved in various nationally and EU funded development projects. The main research and development priorities include research-based curriculum development and implementation, citizenship education, social justice and adaptive school concepts, alternative schools and reflective practice in teacher education. Connected with this research focus, the Institute participates in several research and development processes at the national level in the teacher education field.

The Institute has been involved in several projects related to the development of an inclusive-adaptive school model in the Hungarian school system. The model is based on the concept of school as a community of diversity (2010, 2013). The topic of gender is an important part of this model. In collaboration with the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education, members are strongly involved in teacher education, critical citizenship education and gender-related research and development projects.

The Pedagogical Anthropology Research Group within the Institute aims at studying the anthropological basis of education and how social subjectivities are formed and promotes education for active and critical citizenship especially through participatory, ethnographic and action research and development projects. One of the fundamental anthropological issues is gender, and the Research Group is promoting gender sensitive education within teacher education and teachers’ continuous professional development.

György Mészáros is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He was a teacher in a second-chance school for disadvantaged, mainly Romani students for seven years and has been working in teacher education since 2004. He has been involved in several research and development projects since he completed his PhD studies in 2009. His main focus is on critical ethnographic research but his research interests include: critical pedagogy, teachers’ professional development, participatory ethnographic research, and LGBT and gender issues. He has written international publications about gender and schooling and LGBT students’ experience in schools. He is the head of the Pedagogical Anthropology Research Group at his Faculty and he is member of the Administrative Council of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. In addition to his academic duties, he is involved in queer leftist activism, and in theatre education projects with disadvantaged students in Hungary. He is a professional trainer. He has led several social sensitivity trainings for different groups, especially teacher education students. He regularly trains the volunteers of the school program called „Getting to Know LGBT People”, and he participated in the development of the training materials of this program.

Dorottya Rédai received her PhD degree at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, in 2015. Her research field is the intersections of public education and the (re)production of social identity categories (gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class) and social inequalities. Currently she is working at CEU in an international gender studies course development project (GeSt), in an international project focusing on gender equity in secondary schools (GECM), and as a visiting lecturer, teaching an MA course called “Gender and Sexuality in Compulsory Education”. Previously, she worked in several European research projects focusing on gender equality in the labour market from 2006 to 2014. Besides her academic research and teaching experience, she has been working as a trainer in the school program “Getting to Know LGBT People” and has designed gender-sensitizing training materials within this program. In 2016, she conducted a research study on Hungarian sex and relationship education for the Hungarian Women’s Lobby. Due to her work in both the academia and the NGO sector, she has a broad overview of theoretical and socio-political issues of gender and education, a lot of experience and advanced skills and knowledge in qualitative research, in teaching and training groups, in designing training materials and courses, and in working bilingually in transnational teams.

Lilla has finished her Bachelor’s Degree on the field of Social Education in 2011, shortly after that she continued on with her studies in a Master’s Degree program, where she has finished her Master in Education, with the focus of Higher Education Management (2013). In the same year, she has won the Hungarian National Scientific Students’ Conference with her study on the perspective of teachers’ in movies. She is currently doing her Ph.D. studies in Education at the Eötvös Loránd Science University in Hungary, with the focus of films and media in education. During her studies she has spent several months of education in Denmark, Norway and in Iceland; and she has certificates in Drama in Education too. She has 9 years of experience as a teacher/group leader, and she had been involved in international projects since 2013 – even as a project writer.  She is actively volunteering in several projects, and she is highly sensitive for social issues; therefore she has experiences with groups with different backgrounds (like underprivileged students, abused women, and ethnic minorities). She considers traveling a passion, therefore you can never know in which part of the world you will meet her next!

Gender Information Centre NORA (GIC NORA) // Czech Republic

Responsible for project evaluation and for the third intellectual output (Educational Videos).

The Gender Information Centre NORA (GIC NORA) is a non-governmental organisation based on a feminist perspective. Its mission is to promote equality of men and women in Czech society on both national and regional levels. GIC NORA came into existence in the autumn 2004 from the incentive of several organisations including the Gender Centre of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University.

GIC NORA has participated in numerous projects funded from the ESF, Norway grants, Erasmus + and Grundtvig programmes where GIC NORA experts provided gender consulting, offered trainings in topics related to equal opportunities and organised awareness raising activities in gender issues.

In 2014 GIC NORA together with the Office of the South Moravian Region and Leisure Time Centre Lužánky ran a public campaign on equal opportunities in the South Moravian Region. GIC NORA also contributed to the elaboration of a strategic document on work life balance measures for the Office of the South Moravian Region.  

Since 2012 GIC NORA gender experts have completed altogether 15 gender audits. Organisations of various types were audited, e.g. academic institutions, municipal and local authorities, NGOs, multinational corporations and small and medium Czech private enterprises.

GIC NORA experts regularly give lectures on practical aspects of equal opportunities at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. In cooperation with the Moravian Library in Brno, GIC NORA organises public screenings of relevant films.  

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports granted GIC NORA accreditation of two educational programmes: for teachers of basic schools (Gender as part of school socialization) and also for school counsellors (Gender aspects of career choice).

GIC NORA is also an active member of the Czech Women´s Lobby.

More about the activities of the organisation is to be found on the website www.gendernora.cz.

Mgr. et Mgr. Kateřina Hodická has been a director of the Gender Information Centre NORA since 2011. As its director Katerina has been involved in various types of projects run by the organisation (in the role of a gender expert or project director). E.g. she was responsible for implementation of the project focused on gender pay gap called “Mind the Gap” financed from Norway grants. The project was implemented in common with the Office of the Public Defender of Rights in the Czech Republic.

Thanks to a project success Katerina has been invited to participate as an external gender expert in the working group of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the field of gender pay gap. The activities of the working group are organised within the ministerial project “22 % TO EQUALITY”.

From 2015 to mid 2017 Katerina was employed as a gender expert   in the FP7 project EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and the Academia). This international project focused on promoting gender equality in higher education and research institutions was coordinated by the French institution Sciences Po.

Since 2016 Katerina has been a board member of the Czech Women´s Lobby and she represents it in the board of the European Women´s Lobby.  

Katerina has conducted numerous gender audits in different types of organisations including local authorities, academic institutions, international companies, SMEs. She also gives lectures on practical aspects of equal opportunities at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University.

Katerina has two master degrees. First she studied English language and economics at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno. Then she graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. There she studied international relations with the specialisation on European integration processes. During her studies in Prague she spent one year as a visiting student at the University of Oxford in Great Britain.

Bc. Lukáš Slavík has been active in Gender Information Centre NORA since 2014. At the moment he is a coordinator of activities focused on professionalization of GIC NORA. At the same time he is involved in on-going gender auditing. In the past Lukáš contributed with expert articles into several GIC NORA publications dealing with equal opportunities and gender pay gap. He took part in a GIC NORA study trip to Norway in August 2016 focusing on gender pay gap.

Lukáš finished a bachelor degree in sociology and gender studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in 2015.  Currently he is a master degree student of sociology at the same faculty.

Lukáš cooperates with the Office for Population Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. He is also active in other civil society movements (anti-militarist/peace and political initiatives).

Ing. Helena Košťálová has been cooperating externally with GIC NORA since 2014. She is an experienced trainer, methodologist and career counsellor. She has been a trainer in the adult education field for over fifteen years. Helena specialises mainly in education, professional development, competence mapping and career counselling courses for various target groups, especially for women, migrant women, unemployed and school children as well as professional courses focusing on professional growth, including of university students, school teachers and career advisors. She works as a methodologist and facilitator of courses in evaluation and self-reflection. She is an author of several publications on competence mapping, career development and gender equality. She has participated in a number of projects related to evaluations and methodology used in evaluations such as questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and desk research.

Helena studied social management and marketing at the Moravian-Silesian University in Opava. She was also awarded the National Prize for career counselling in 2013.  

Hungarian Women’s Lobby (HWL) // Hungary

Takes up the responsibility for dissemination activities. HWL will realize courses for current teachers.

The Hungarian Women’s Lobby (HWL), founded in 2003, is a non-governmental organization that advocates for gender equality based on a human rights approach. In form, HWL is an alliance of 23 Hungarian women’s rights organizations, and HWL is a member of the European Women’s Lobby.

As an umbrella organization, HWL researches and lobbies on a wide range of issues and policy fields, including overcoming gender stereotypes in education. It also represents groups of women affected by or vulnerable to multiple discrimination (such as Roma women, women with disabilities, lesbian women).

HWL’s main activities are carrying out and publishing policy analyses from a gender equality perspective, advocating for women’s rights and gender equality issues towards decision-makers, implementing public awareness-raising campaigns, and organizing professional capacity-building activities, such as training events and conferences. HWL has participated in numerous projects funded by, for instance, the Norway Grants, the CEE Trust Fund, the Erasmus+ Programme and the Open Society Foundations.

In a comprehensive policy analysis from a gender equality perspective, entitled “The Cost of the Womanless Years”, education policies between 1989 and 2013 were analysed, followed by gender budgeting considerations. At the same time, HWL also published policy recommendations with regard to education, highlighting the necessary steps of mainstreaming gender equality into education in Hungary.

As an NGO, HWL reports regularly in connection with the UN’s human rights instruments, in which it points out the gendered effects of educational policies: e.g. the problem of strengthening gender stereotypes in public school curricula, or the disproportionately negative effects of lowering the finishing age of compulsory education to 16 years on girls, especially from a financially disadvantaged and/or Roma ethnic background. HWL also launched a popular public petition in 2011 against the reintroduction of a bill on strengthening traditional gender roles in kindergarten.

HWL has considerable experience in designing, organizing and carrying out educational and training courses in different settings. In 2009, HWL prepared educational materials and implemented training courses for governmental agency staff members on gender mainstreaming in EU-funded programmes, under the Progress programme. The organization has also conducted a mentoring project with young women on raising awareness via short videos on social media about different aspects of gender equality among young people. HWL also has a valuable resource of several member organizations’ experience in combating gender stereotypes through teaching and training young people.

During her professional career, Borbála Juhász has worked as a teacher, a women’s historian, a gender researcher, a civil servant specialised in gender equality, as well as an NGO volunteer and employee. She was on the board of the European Women’s Lobby from 2008, acting as its Vice President in 2014 until 2016. She was the Chair of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby from 2012 to 2017 and a member of the Management Committee of European Social Platform from 2015 to 2017. Her main fields of expertise: women’s history, promoting women’s political participation, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity policies. She is a dedicated feminist with a passion for the women’s cause. She works as a teacher and lives in Budapest. Borbála Juhász graduated in History and English language and literature and as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at ELTE University, Budapest. Later she obtained an MA in History from Central European University, Budapest.

Réka Sáfrány has been working as a gender expert at the Hungarian Women’s Lobby (HWL) and, previously, at the MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary since 2004. She is the chair of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby and a member of the Board of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). She has experience in conducting research on policy issues from a gender aspect, mainly on the following topics: women’s political participation, gender and the media, and policy responses to violence against women. She also contributes to policy analyses and capacity building activities at HWL. She has cooperated in the preparation of reports to the UN CEDAW Committee on the issues of women in politics and stereotypes in education and the media, and co-authored HWL’s corresponding policy recommendations. From 2006 to 2010 she was a member of the Governmental Working Group on Women in Politics. She has extensive experience in coordinating international projects related to gender equality. She has also gained teaching and training experience – for different target groups in different contexts – as a former teacher and in NGO-led capacity-building projects. Réka Sáfrány holds an MA degree in Gender Studies from Central European University, Budapest and MA degrees  in English and German Literature and Linguistics, with a Specialization in Pedagogy, from ELTE University, Budapest.

Verein EfEU (EfEU) // Austria

The most experienced partner in the field of gender sensitive education, acts as a supervisor and shares its best practises with other partner organisations.

EfEU – the Association for the Development of Feminist Educational and Teaching Models – is a service and research organisation, which focuses on gender, diversity and education and was founded in 1986 in Vienna, Austria.

The main activities are consultation, education, training, and research to raise awareness of gender bias and stereotypes in schools, academic and social education with the aim of gender equity.

The main aim is to impart both theoretical research findings to gender and diversity and the practical application of the researches to practitioners in the field of education.

The main topic of EfEU is gender sensitive education, addressed by:

  • Analysis of teaching contents, methodology/didactics and patterns of interaction as well as structural conditions,
  • Gender and diversity trainings for teachers and pupils (e.g. LGBTIQ*-topics, vocational orientation trainings, books for children and young people beyond gender stereotypes, gender-roles in advertising, gender-sensitive language, workshop „Headscarf experiments“ with young Muslim women),
  • Research and evaluations (e.g. about men as teachers in Primary school, about gender aspects in Kindergarten),
  • Organising conferences (e.g. “School Quality and Gender Mainstreaming”, „What do Muslim school girls need for a successful life”),
  • Running a library with relevant literature in the field of gender and education,
  • Counselling,
  • Publishing a newsletter four times a year, and
  • Publications in German (www.efeu.or.at/publikationen.html).

Target groups are people working in the fields of academic and social education (nurseries, schools, extracurricular work with children and young people), parents, those responsible for vocational training, organisational developers (especially school developers) and gender mainstreaming and diversity managers.

More about the activities of the organisation is to be found on the website www.efeu.or.at.

Mag.a Renate Tanzberger has an university degree for teaching history and mathematics. Since 1993, she has worked in the field of gender and education. In the year 2000 she completed the EU-training course “E-Qualification”.

She gives lectures, holds workshops and publishes on the topic of gender and education within the EfEU association. One of her target groups are current and future teachers. She also was part of the expert group of PREMA (Promoting Equality in Maths Achievement), a “Lifelong Learning Programme” of the EU. Additionally she has a seminar at the faculty of mathematics in Vienna about gender sensitivity in teaching mathematics.

Mag.a Claudia Schneider studied European Ethnology at the University of Vienna. Claudia is a Certified Counsellor for Managing Gender & Diversity. For more than 20 years, she has been working for the EfEU association. Claudia has been working as an educational researcher and consultant in Austria, Germany, and Luxembourg. She is author of many articles on Gender and Diversity in Education.

Additionally she is a university lecturer and teaches future teachers on gender topics and bias sensitisation at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Claudia Schneider is the Austrian Country Expert for the EIGE-Research “Gender-related challenges in European education systems” (EIGE/2016/OPER/08).