Equality week at school: announcements, partnerships and events

This week, the mobilization in schools around the International Day of Women’s Rights and thus education for equality in all its dimensions (education against stereotypical representations, education for mutual respect, sensitization for the issues of diversity and professional equality, sensitization for the fight against sexism and sexual violence).

The School of the Republic participates in the construction of the citizen and contributes to the emancipation of each individual. For this reason, the Ministry promotes a proactive policy in favor of equality between girls and boys, in order to make each student a free man or woman, able to choose their personal and professional future and their life in society build up as a citizen.

The culture of equality affects all aspects of the student’s life in the school and institution, in class and outside of school. It is based on the teaching and teaching practices, as well as the pedagogical actions carried out on the subject. It requires the mobilization of the entire educational community: students, teachers and educational staff, social and health workers, and families.

Combating gender stereotypes, combating all forms of sexist and sexual violence, developing real health education, enabling sex education that meets students’ expectations and needs are important areas of development and spreading a culture of prevention and awareness for all, girls and boys.

On the occasion of this week, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister for National Education, Youth and Sport, will take part in several events and sign several agreements, all of which offer opportunities to show the diversity of partnerships with society, civil society and business and professional life World.

The procedures for implementing the measures resulting from the report “Equality between girls and boys to a new stage in the implementation of the high school of the 21st century”, submitted in July 2021, will be announced by the Minister this week:

  • The Creation of a “Girl-Boy Equality” Label for Middle and High Schools (LGT and LP) accompanied by a circular and specification/labeling reference system to be published this week;
  • Experimenting in several academies with “mixed scholarships”, Benefit students who already have scholarships and are participating in professional courses or technological series in which they would be of a very minor gender. This experimentation may relate to some of the following specialties or series:
    • The six general fields of study identified as particularly unmixed: Digital and Computer Science (NSI); engineering (IS); Humanities, Literature and Philosophy (HLP); arts; Literature, Languages ​​and Cultures of Antiquity (LLCA);
    • The three high-tech series were also identified as particularly homogeneous: science and technology for industry and sustainable development (STi2D); Health and Social Sciences and Technologies (ST2S) and Design and Applied Arts Sciences and Technologies (STD2A).
  • The definition of targets for the furthest establishments from 30% gender diversity in education with the lowest rates of gender diversity (specialty courses in the general branch, technical series and postgraduate branches) over a 5-year horizon, based on academic initiatives education.gouv .fr/mesures-en-faveur-de-l-egalite-fillesgarcons-au-lycee

The various events of the week

  • Monday March 7th: arrival at Gare de Lyon, in the presence of Jean Castex and Jean-Michel Blanquer, the first train proposed by the Women’s Foundation for Equality after a tour of France in 10 days and 9 cities, with an exhibition, training and conferences on employment, professional equality, health, violence prevention, prevention of street harassment.
  • Tuesday 8 March morning: visit of the Minister and signing of the partnership agreement with the Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis (93) to combat violence against women. The purpose of this agreement is to promote the work of Maison des Femmes staff in schools or educational establishments in the context of health and sex education.
  • Tuesday, March 8 afternoon: event at the headquarters of the company SAP in Levallois-Perret related to Never Without Her, to encourage young girls to take courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As part of the French EU Presidency, this visit will take place in the presence of high school students and Laura André-Boyet, engineer at the European Astronaut Center, the only French woman practicing the profession of instructor astronauts.
  • Wednesday 9 March at the SNCF headquarters in Saint-Denis: meeting with the Diversity and Professions Observatory to take part in a round table on orientation and career diversity.
  • Friday March 11th at the Toulouse Academy: Introduction by the Minister of “Inspirational Personalities” with a first conference bringing together middle and high school students around Nodji Myaro, Yohan Huget and Sofiane Oumiha.

Other national events during the week:

  • For the 10th time in a row, the Youth Awareness Weeks – Women and Entrepreneurship will be organized from March 7th to 25th, 2022, in partnership with the 100,000 Entrepreneurs Association, whose aim is to promote entrepreneurial culture and female success among young girls and boys aged 13 to 25. During this 10th edition, 1,800 women entrepreneurs will meet more than 40,000 young people in 16 regions.
  • Registrations open for the Zéro Cliché competition organized by CLEMI for equality between girls and boys Inviting high school, university and high school students to deconstruct sexist stereotypes in the media, in sports, in fashion, in school, in the family.
  • From Monday, March 7th to Friday, March 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Series of webinars offered by the DNE for national education staff on this topic “At least 30% diversity in the digital industries in 5 years! How to get there?”.

This week is also the occasion for many actions in schools, accompanied by an Eduscol page promoting this mobilization.

Girls and boys on the way to equality – DEPP publication

On March 8, 2022, on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, the Department of Evaluation, Foresight and Performance of the Ministry publishes its annual brochure entitled “Girls and boys on the way to equality – from school to university: educational paths and outcomes, what is the difference between girls and boys?”.

Department for Equality and Diversity labeling process – AFNOR:

Finally, in continuation of the 2021-2023 MENJS/MESRI national action plan for professional equality between women and men, the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport, together with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is committed to a certification process to obtain the “Vocational Equality between women and men” and the seal “Diversity” from AFNOR. These seals certify the applicant institution’s commitment to these policies and their translation into concrete human resource management measures to prevent discrimination and ensure equal treatment of employees in all human resource processes (recruitment, promotion, access to training, etc.).

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