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:
- Feminist theory and methodology of research of women and gender, New feminisms
- Migrations, public policies and processes of globalization
- Media, ICT, science and gender. New masculinity and intersections
- Processes of socialization of gender identities and violence against women
- Families: reconciliation of personal, work and family life, health and care
- 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:
- Gender Gap and young people, from education to work: a comparison among the Southern European countries within the thematic group 6;
- 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.
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The third transnational project meeting took place in Porto on over the 8th and 9th of March. Mid-way through the project life cycle, the partners were able to analyse the work done so far and agree on the delivery of the next key project outputs. As a team committed to gender equality and women’s rights, we took the occasion to shoot a brief video to honour International Women’s Day.
Valencia University presented the innovative “WS1 Operational Map”, specifically, sociological research on gender stereotypes across the 5 EU countries participating in the project. The initial results will be presented in the upcoming international congress on gender roles organized by FSE, the Spanish Federation of Sociologists. We shared the presentations from the partners involved in the research with the main outcomes from the field work (interviews and focus groups) and we agreed on the closing dates for the outputs of WS1.
Unimore showed us the results of the ethnographic research on ludic habits, with over 1500 respondents having responded to the online questionnaire.
On the basis of this data, the game designers together with researchers from UNIMORE and UNIVAL are currently working on developing the theoretical basis and possible mechanics for our Free to Choose game. The game will help our target group of girls and boys aged 16-29 to identify and overcome gender stereotypes that prevent equality in education, training and labour market.
Finally, we had the opportunity to test, play and express our views on the an number of game prototypes.
On the 19th and 20th October 2017, the Free to Choose partners met at the University of Valencia to discuss the ongoing research and the development of the game that will be produced in the framework of the project. Also, the communication strategy was discussed and the participants shared research experiences.
“Free to choose” in Spain: overcoming gender stereotypes that affect girls and boys in choosing their education and career path.