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International Women’s Day 2023: supporting gender-equality in lifelong learning


On the International Women’s Day 2023, EARLALL joins forces with the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET) in the #GenderEqualityTF to stress the importance of “guaranteeing gender-equality in all sectors and professions” and to do so “we have to start with guaranteeing it in all aspects of Lifelong Learning”.

The campaign is launched in the context of the Gender Equality Task Force initiative which is promoted by the three associations. The Task Force aims at launching a series of initiatives that encourage discussion on EU policies and strategies related to gender equality in lifelong learning. The first Task Force official activity was a survey, launched in September 2022, followed by an informal meeting back in January 2023.

According to Eurostat, on 1 January 2021, the population of the EU was estimated at 447.0 million inhabitants. 51% of the EU inhabitants are women with a life expectancy at birth of 5.5 years higher than the one of men. However, the EU employment rate for men of working age was 79.0 % in 2019, exceeding that of women (67.3 %) by 11.7 percentage points. The European labour market is then male-dominated despite having a higher number of active women who also live longer than men. EARLALL highlighted as one of its thematic priorities for 2023 to explore actions through the Gender Equality Task Force, joining forces with EAEA and EfVET, and through its Working Group for Skills and Labour Market and Lifelong Guidance.

Join the Gender Equality Task Force

The Task Force gathers public and regional authorities, representatives from European Institutions, education and training providers, and gender in education experts, among others. The next informal meeting will take place on Monday 13 March, if you would like to attend, please express your interest by writing an email to gendertforce@gmail.com.