University of Valencia, 22-23 March 2018 – More than 180 experts took part in the scientific meeting on Sociology of Gender by University of Valencia on the 22nd and 23th of March 2018. The participants came from Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay. According to the organisers, over the past few decades, gender theories have contributed significantly to the development of new theoretical models, ideas, paradigms and other epistemological visions in modern sociology.

The main objective of the conference was to create a space of discussion to exchange experiences and best practices for the experts. It was organised around the following thematic groups:

  1. Feminist theory and methodology of research of women and gender, New feminisms
  2. Migrations, public policies and processes of globalization
  3. Media, ICT, science and gender. New masculinity and intersections
  4. Processes of socialization of gender identities and violence against women
  5. Families: reconciliation of personal, work and family life, health and care
  6. Work and Employment. Women entrepreneurs and wage discrimination 

Capitolina Diaz, Free to Choose scientific supervisor, Anna Giulia Ingellis, Free to Choose project manager , and Marcela Jabbaz, researcher (all three are from the University of Valencia) held the two following lectures:

  1. Gender Gap and young people, from education to work: a comparison among the Southern European countries within the thematic group 6;
  2. Self-image and choice in transition to employment: A study on young people from five European countries within the thematic group 3.

The lectures were a great opportunity to present the first batch of evidence coming from the sociological research that Free to Choose is carrying out. They also explain the effect that gender stereotypes have on the lives of young people who are transitioning from secondary to tertiary education, and from tertiary education to the workplace.