Gender Plan

Gender and Intersectionality Perspective in EUROSPHERE
The Gender and intersectionality perspective is integrated into the EUROSHERE project firstly as a horizontal perspective that cuts across project’s general research focus. Secondly, a separate workpackage (WP7) is dedicated for the gender and intersectionality research. Accordingly, the following steps are taken:

  • EUROSPHERE’s theoretical methodological approaches as well as the data collection and analysis tools takes into consideration the factor of gender and intersectionality (WP1-2);
  • The interview respondents include men and women with different statuses (WP3):
  • Mini research sessions shall be organized at each project meeting addressing gender issues, with the participation of both men and women researchers (WP1-8).

EUROSPHERE publications focusing on gender and/or intersectionality:

Birte Siim, Gender, Intersectionality and the European Public Sphere, (2009).
Birte Siim, Gender and Diversity in the European Public Spheres, Eurosphere Working Paper No. 17
Lise Rolandsen Agustin, It is all about the women, Eurosphere Working Paper No. 22
Helene Pristed Nielsen, Gender, Diversity and the European Public Sphere, Eurosphere Working Paper No. 24
Helene Pristed Nielsen, Risky dialogues about gender and diversity in Denmark, Eurosphere Working Paper No. 25

Gender Action Plan
Furthermore, a Gender Action Plan has been developed to facilitate the project’s gender balance and ensure equal opportunities for women. The content of this plan is outlined below:

  • Women researchers shall be represented at all levels of Eurosphere, from Steering Committee membership and workpackage leadership to junior researcher levels;
  • At least 2 of 5 members of the Eurosphere Steering Committee shall be women;
  • In recruitment of researchers to the project, the objective is to have at least 40% women scientists both at the overall project level as well as in the national teams;
  • Selection procedures shall facilitate gender balance amongst participants in summer courses and training courses;
  • A network of women scientists in the project shall contribute to the WP9: Research Training and Mobility and WP10: Management of Knowledge;
  • Informal meetings of this network shall be facilitated at the annual project meetings which most of the scientists attend;
  • Affirmative action for men shall be introduced where needed;
  • Male researchers are encouraged to research and write about gender questions (WP1-9);
  • Sessions on gender arearranged at training courses (WP9);
  • To the training courses, high-profiled international woman scientists are invited as lecturers (WP9);
  • References with women authors shall be highlighted and made visible (WP9).
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