Welcome to the EGERA project!

Effective Gender Equality in Research and the Academia

The Project EGERA

EGERA intends to promote a full set of measures to achieve gender equality and fight gender-based stereotypes in research and the academia.
EGERA is a tool for achieving two overarching objectives:

  • Gender equality in research and higher education
  • Bringing a gender perspective in research contents and outputs

EGERA pursues both an ambitious and pragmatical objective by tackling the opacity of recruitment and appraisal procedures, gender bias in evaluation and practices which contribute to slow down women's careers. A Europe-scale project EGERA brings together 8 research and higher education institutions from 7 EU member states + Turkey.
Actions to be undertaken by respective partners shall to be also understood as a whole EGERA shall communicate a spirit of innovation, transparency and openness EGERA will constitute a label of equality, fairness and excellence.

Latest News and Events

UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education
The 2017 call for nominations is now open
Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to build inclusive societies. Although notable progress has been made over the last 20 years, 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom (UNESCO Institute for Statistics).
The UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education honours outstanding innovation and contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls' and women's education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and will be unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.
Supported by the Government of the People's Republic of China, the Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 50,000 each to further their work in the area of girls' and women's education.
The two laureates of the first edition of the Prize were selected by the Director-general of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations by the International Jury, composed of five experts in girls' and women's education. The Prize was awarded for the first time to two outstanding projects from Indonesia and Zimbabwe at an official ceremony that was held in Beijing, P.R. China in June 2016.
Established in 2015 by UNESCO's Executive Board, the Prize will contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, particularly SDG goals 4 on education and 5 on gender equality. It will also support UNESCO's global priorities included in the Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021 and the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021 (GEAP II).
Contact GWEprize@unesco.org

Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation
Dear colleagues, gender experts and gender practitioners,
as the MS co-chair of the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, an ERA-related group advising the Commission and the Council, I would like to notify you that the HG published its Position Paper on Interim Evaluation of H2020 and the future Framework Programme. The paper calls for the continuation and reinforcement of provisions on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in R&I in the next FP, especially in evaluation, monitoring and capacity building.

You can find the text of the position paper attached here.

Recent EGERA activities in CzechGlobe
In mid April 2017 a Code of Ethics was approved of in CzechGlobe. The Code presents one of key outputs of the project EGERA. The Code entails specifically one provision concerning equality and the principle of non- discrimination. On April 21, 2017 another EGERA workshop took place in CzechGlobe. This time the workshop was devoted to the career planning for young female and male scientists (with the emphasis on career trajectories of researchers and work-life balance in the academia). The workshop was led by lecturers from the Sociological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

Gender in science, innovation, technology and engineering (SITE)
Maxime Forest participated to the GenderInSITE Workshop as a guest speaker, on behalf of the EGERA community, hosted by FLACSO (Gender in Science Unesco Chair) in Buenos Aires.

SITE is an international initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering, and to demonstrate how applying a gender lens to SITE can provide deeper insights, more effective programmes and more sustainable outcomes in the context of development.The global development challenges we face are well known: poverty, lack of institutional capacity, environmental degradation, climate change and increasingly destructive natural disasters, health threats such as HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, and gender inequality. Policy and other decision makers need to weigh difficult trade-offs at every step, and innovation is critical to countries' ability to adapt to changing circumstances and contribute to the global knowledge bank.Yet, in many countries only half of the best ideas are heard - or even voiced. Worldwide, women are poorly represented at decision-making and management levels in the SITE sector. Moreoever, studies over the last 20 years show that women and men are actually affected differently when SITE is applied to development. Applying a gender lens to SITE-for-development policies - taking into account the vision, concerns and abilities of both women and men - makes them more effective. Simply looking at development challenges in a different way can provoke deeper insights into more effective, long-term solutions.
To inspire transformative actions and more effective development by understanding the impacts of SITE on women and men and how women and men can contribute to SITE.

Director of Sciences Po at a press conference to unveil the first-ever HeForShe
IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report

As part of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Irina Bokova,Director-General of UNESCO and Emma Watson, British Actor and UN Women GlobalGoodwill Ambassador joined eight President from some of the world's leadinguniversities (Georgetown University, Hong Kong University, University of Leicester,Nagoya University, Sciences Po, Stony Brook University, University of Waterloo andUniversity of the Witwatersrand) at a press conference to unveil the first-ever HeForSheIMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report.

Media and Covery Report pdf