In the framework of EIGE’s two-year project on gender training in the EU an online discussion on gender training was held on 25-26 September 2012 followed up by the European Conference on 13-14 November 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
During the two-day online discussion training practitioners, experts and policy makers have exchanged views and information about the provision of gender training in Europe and explored how to improve the quality of gender training, increasing in this way the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming.
Summary of the contributions of the participants - in total 220 responses of more than 30 participants from the EU Member States and international organisations – is presented in an online discussion reflections paper. The document reflects the views expressed and concludes that:
- identified needs and ensured political will and commitment are necessary pre-conditions for effective gender training;
- a well-designed and tailored training, monitoring and evaluation of the training, and the respect of quality standards contribute to more effective gender mainstreaming;
- knowledge sharing takes gender training forward.
The online discussion on gender training was the first of this kind to be launched through the future EIGE’s European network on gender equality, EuroGender.