GENDER EQUALITY CONFERENCE
“Combating Gender Stereotypes in and through Education”
with the participation of the Council of Europe
Network of National Focal Points on Gender Equality
Helsinki, 9-10 October 2014
organised by the Council of Europe
in partnership with the Ministry of
Education and Culture of Finland
Venue: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
Paasivuorenkatu 5 A00530 Helsinki
Education is a basic human right recognised by international law, notably by the European Convention on Human Rights. Through compulsory education, children and young people, whatever their gender, are prepared and empowered to fully participate in society. The education system sets the basis upon which countries preserve their heritage and contribute to their overall development and prosperity.
A change in gender relations, women’s empowerment and abolishing negative gender, sexist and sexual stereotypes are key to achieving gender equality and benefit entire societies. By shaping gender representations, attitudes and behaviours, education is an essential factor to combat stereotypes and bring about social and cultural changes. The promotion of gender equality in education is a prerequisite to the achievement of de facto equality between women and men in all spheres of life in society.
Against this background, the Gender Equality Commission has defined education as one of the key priorities and this issue has been taken on board by the Council of Europe in its Strategy on Gender Equality a decision which was echoed by the National Focal Points at their 1st annual meeting (Amsterdam, 5 July 2013) at which they decided that this, their 2nd annual conference, should focus on education.
The Conference will seek to: