Equality between women and men, and opportunities for women’s voices and leadership at all levels of decision-making have been globally acknowledged as vital contributors to more prosperous and stable societies in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With increased agency and representation in society and in public life, women are better able to raise the profile of key issues including reproductive rights, childcare, equal pay, parental leave and pensions; and broader development issues such as the alleviation of poverty and delivery of services. But while we are seeing more women than ever holding public office and engaging in political processes, there is still a gaping gender gap for women in politics. Globally, just 23.5 per cent of national parliamentarians are women, six per cent of heads of state and six per cent of heads of government. Whereas, democracy is not democratic without equality.
Gender equality has been placed on the top of the political agenda in European Union that decided to support educational women organizations in their search for effective ways leading to women’s political empowerment.
That is why we set up GEPLE project.
Within the frame of our Strategic Partnership consisting of 6 women organizations from Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic, US and Finland, since 2015 adult education staff were exchanging knowledge, skills and know-how so as to develop competences and strenghten capacity for effective women’s empowerment actions and measures.
As a result of the partnership exchange we have conducted the Research on the non-formal gender-oriented political education in Europe and have released GEPLE E-platform with free to use educational resources that may support your educational activities, as organizations, trainers, teachers, educators and stakeholders of the female voice in political life.
The project has been co-funded by ERASMUS+ Program, within Strategic Partnerships Actions by European Commission.