This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme1 of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme)2. It aims to co-fund transnational projects that promote good practices on gender roles, and to overcome gender stereotypes in education, training and in the workplace.
Proposals should aim to produce results with EU added value, as detailed under section 4.5 (award criteria).
Organisations interested in submitting applications should first read the detailed terms and conditions set out in this call for proposals and the Guide for Action Grants published together with this call and constituting an integral part of the conditions of the call.
2. PRIORITIES AND ACTIVITIES TO BE FUNDED
The proposals under this call shall focus on the priorities described below.
Under this call, gender roles are defined as "learned behaviours in a given society that conditions what activities, tasks and responsibilities are perceived as male or female"3. In line with the Glossary on gender equality developed by the Council of Europe, gender stereotypes are defined as "preconceived ideas whereby males and females are arbitrarily assigned characteristics and roles determined and limited by their sex. Sex stereotyping can limit the development of the natural talents and abilities of boys and girls, women and men, their educational and professional experiences as well as life opportunities in general".4
2.1.2. Context: EU policies on gender equality
Proposals shall complement the efforts of the EU in the area of gender equality. Applicants shall explain and demonstrate how their proposals are aligned with the respective EU policies and with the documents published by the European Commission as outlined in the following documents:
The "Strategic engagement for gender equality 2015-2019" defines the priority areas and key actions
The annual Report on equality between women and men takes stock of the EU's achievements and highlights the remaining gender gaps6.
In 2015, the Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men delivered an opinion on how to overcome occupational segregation7.
This call aims at contributing to the promotion of equality between women and men in education, training and the labour market. Projects should aim at changing attitudes, behaviours and practices that hamper progress towards equality and restrict the potential of women, men, girls and boys. By combatting harmful gender stereotypes and discriminatory practices in education, training, guidance on career choices and employment, projects are to positively impact on women's and men's access to education and to the labour market. The proposed projects should be designed to contribute to overcoming educational and occupational gender segregation – the tendency for women and men to go into different types of studies and work.
In particular, the priorities of this call for proposals are:
to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance;
to attract women into male-dominated sectors or occupations, and conversely to attract men into female-dominated sectors or occupations;
to challenge stereotypical assumptions about the roles of women and men in the labour market, including in leadership positions, and to change behaviours and practices that hamper equality;
to ensure that work practices promote gender equality, and do not reinforce stereotypes, gender segregation and inequalities.
Projects should aim to cover at least one of the priorities identified above.
Projects under this call may take a comprehensive approach to gender stereotypes or segregation or may focus on particular occupations or sectors or levels of education.
Projects may address gender stereotypes at any level of education and training or during the transition from school to work or occupational segregation that people are confronted with. Projects may cover distinct stages of the school-to-work transition and career path: education and training, work experience (internships, etc.), job-search, recruitment, retention and promotion. Priority will be given to projects focusing on young people (13-30 years old) and addressing the transition from school to work and occupational labour market-segregation young people are confronted with when entering the labour-market.
The degree of relevance to the priorities of the call for proposals will be assessed under the relevance award criterion.