The Francesc Ribalta High School has opened its doors to EuroFUE-UJI in order to conduct a Gender Workshop in cooperation with GeST (gest.uji.es) with the objective of creating a space for debate and learning on the figure of women in STEM studies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The student body have participated in different activities, such as performance games of sexist situations that exist in their environment proposed by the young people themselves. They have also launched a debate starting with the reading of several statements in which gender roles are highlighted as “Women can have the same skills as men” or “A man can also take care of household chores”, from which very interesting ideas have emerged. After this, the students were asked their opinion about women in the STEM field of study, offering them the opportunity to share their experiences and personal vision.
Firstly, this projects aims to establish the synergies between schools and the labour market in order to achieve a creative and meaningful participation of girls in education STEM throughout a tutoring program. Secondly, it intends to develop a virtual platform as a resource centre for practical and innovative learning solutions to complement school curricula and, finally, to exploit and disseminate personalised activities by promoting the use of the platform.
EIGE’s (European Institute for Gender Equality) study on the economic benefits of gender equality (2017) shows that reducing gender segregation in STEM education alone could lead to an additional 1.2 million jobs in the EU. These jobs are estimated to occur mostly in the long term, however, as employment is likely to be affected only after new women STEM graduates choose to work in the STEM fields.
In parallel, higher productivity associated with these STEM jobs is likely to result in higher wages for newly graduated women – affecting the gender pay gap as well as income and living standards of women, men, children and their extended families (European Parliament, 2015).
Thanks to the contribution of the IES Francesc Ribalta and its faculty and student body, EuroFUE-EUJI and the research group GeST have carried out this workshop where all participating parties have had the opportunity to learn about their environment and about themselves.