GATE (Gender Awareness, Tackling stereotypes in Education)


Defending equality between women and men has always been one of the European Union’s fundamental values. However, even though this principle is anchored in legislation, gender equality is far from being a reality.

Inequalities between men and women and lack of gender diversity can be found in both private and public spheres, starting at home, throughout education, and on the labour market.

One of the main reasons why there is still no real equality between women and men can be linked to the existence of gender stereotypes assigning social roles to women and men.

The main lever to tackle gender stereotypes is education. School plays a crucial role in a child’s socialization process. Within this institution, a child will learn academic knowledge as well as social norms and values. In this context, the GATE project intends to set up an action plan to increase awareness and introduce sup-porting measures to promote gender equality in primary schools in Europe

The purpose of GATE is to improve the prevention of gender-based behaviour by deconstructing gender stereotypes in primary education, in 3 steps:

  • producing a practice compendium to gather innovative good practices that tackle gender stereotypes at school;
  • modeling innovations to tackle gender stereotypes effectively, thus taking into account all of the dimensions of the school system;
  • experimenting these modelled activities, including teacher training and coeducational activities for the playground, and evaluate them in schools from all over Europe: Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France and Spain.

By raising gender awareness among pupils and teachers, the GATE project will contribute to building a more democratic, tolerant and inclusive society, protective of human rights and fundamental values, which are at the core of the European identity.

Start date
1 February 2022
24 months (extended due to Covid)
Reference No.
European Institute
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