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A network promoting the European dimension and co-operation in the collection of gender mainstreaming strategies.


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 collection of gender mainstreaming strategies, methods and materials and of related projects will therefore establish 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 of 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 new EU countries into this process, to benefit from the partners’ participation in other networks or co-operation agreements, and to assemble and build on European expertise and innovatory gender mainstreaming approaches
  •  Survey gender mainstreaming approaches in completed and current LEOANRDO DA VINCI, 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
  • 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
  • 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

The composition of the multi-actor partnership reflects the various activities and objectives. The network consists of 15 partners which are grouped, apart from their responsibilities (core partner, permanent relay partner, expert institution etc.) in the following way:

  • Vocational guidance and qualification institutions integrating gender mainstreaming aspects into development and design of labour market oriented measures, thus acting as „practitioners for practitioners“
  • Partners providing a bridge to other European vocational guidance and qualification networks
  • Labour market administrations from new EU countries which will act as multipliers and contact points to guidance and training institutions in their respective country
  • Research institutions and social policy administrations which will be monitor the network in scientific and political context

The duration of the network will be three years; the GenderNet website will be operated at least two more years, i.e. until end of 2007.


BEST Training (AT)
VFFR Verein zur Förderung der Frauenerwerbstätigkeit (DE)
Institut Regional pour la Formation des Adultes (FR)
National Centerfor Innovation in Education (NL)
Careers Europe (UK)
SURT Association for Insertion of Women into Work (ES)
Centro Risorse Europeo - Fondazione IDIS (IT)
Folkuniversitetet Kristianstad (SE)
District Labour Office Znojmo (CZ)
Labour Office Dunajska Streda (SK)
Labour Office for Györ-Moson-Sopron Region (HU)
National Employment Agency (BG)
Institute for interdisciplinary studies and education (AT)
University of Glasgow- Department of continuous adult education (UK)
Social Ministry Hessen (DE)


01.11.2002 - 31.10.2005

Contact person: Martin Persson

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