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Gender Equality Matters - GEM logo

Gender Equality Matters - GEM

September 2018 – February 2021

ESHA is involved in the project called Gender Equality Matters – Tackling Gender-Based Violence, aptly called GEM.

The objectives of this project are to raise awareness, change attitudes and promote behaviour changes in relation to gender-based violence generally, with specific reference to violence perpetrated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in and around schools.

In this two-year project the ESHA has partnered with Dublin City University (DCU – Ireland), Social Action and Innovation Center (KMOP – Greece), Research Group in Educational Technology/University of Murcia (GITE – Spain) and Fondazione Mondo Digitale (FMD – Italy). Please find the consortium partners’ details below.

The target groups are school-aged children (10+), parents, teachers and school heads. When working together all targets groups will have the potential to challenge attitudes, values and behaviours across school systems, school surroundings, families and local communities.

Participants can benefit from multiple deliverables listed below:

  • Participation in 2 open national events for students, parents and educators in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands;
  • 4 newsletters to highlight the milestones of the project, These were disseminated through the ESHA magazine and partners’ networks;
  • Leaflets for use within specific target groups in English, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Dutch;
  • Articles and journal publications;
  • Project webpage, promotion of GEM through partner’s webpages and GEM-related social media platforms;
  • Classroom and school resources for educators;
  • Self-evaluation instruments for schools/educators;
  • Training modules and manuals for teachers and teacher trainers;
  • Training workshops for parents;
  • Train the Trainer event for teachers and parents organised by ESHA in the Netherlands.
  • Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) for students, parents and educators;
  • Final conference for partners and school leaders.


Dublin City University (DCU)

Contact: Seline Keating

The partnership of GEM is led by a team from Dublin City University (DCU) who are associates of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC).

DCU is internationally recognised as a top young university, being both a QS Top 100 under 50 and THE Top 150 under 50. We have an extensive range of courses, including Undergraduate Programmes of 3-4 years, 1-year Masters programmes, research programmes and Study Abroad programmes. DCU has the distinction of being the fastest growing university in Ireland and being the leading young university on the island of Ireland. It has over 50,000 graduates and counting.

University of Murcia – Group of Research in Educational Technology (GITE)

Contact person: Paz Prendes-Espinosa

GITE (Spain) is specialized in exploring the uses of ICT to learn in formal and informal contexts, always from the pedagogical point of view. Nevertheless, apart from our normal cooperation with other colleagues from education, we collaborate with several technological researchers and developers as well, in order to enrich and complement our vision.

GITE’s research interests include the following major topics:

  • E-learning: methodologies and models;
  • Personal Learning Environments (PLE);
  • Digital Competence and Digital Citizenship;
  • Cyberbullying;
  • Digital identity;
  • Social impact of new technologies.

Fondazione Mondo Digitale (FMD)

Contact: Annaleda Mazzucato

Fondazione Mondo Digitale (Italy) works towards an inclusive knowledge society by blending innovation, education, inclusion and fundamental values. Its mission is to promote social learning, social innovation and e-inclusion with special attention to categories at risk of social exclusion.

 FMD headquarters are located at the Rome “Educational City”, a center dedicated to the best practices of innovation in education. Within the center the first Innovation Gym for experiential learning and the practice of innovation was established:

Social Action and Innovation Center (KMOP)

Contact: Dr. Antonia Torrens

KMOP is the Social Action and Innovation Centre (Greece). With more than 40 years of accumulated experience in supporting disadvantaged groups. Founded in 1977, KMOP is one of the oldest NGOs in Greece. KMOP has various offices in Greece and has representative offices in Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Albania, Serbia and Brussels.

In a rapidly changing world where existing theories and ideologies cannot give answers to the contemporary problems, our scope is to contribute actively by developing and implementing a variety of tools, programmes and policies. Apart from direct provision of services through decentralized community based facilities, counseling and educational services, we are active in scientific research and in the provision of capacity building to public authorities and CSOs. Our partners reflect our global nature as we work across countries and across sectors. 

European School Heads Association (ESHA)

The European School Heads Association (The Netherlands) is a professional organization for European School Heads. Members of ESHA are national organisations for school heads and deputy school heads within (pre-) primary, secondary and vocational education. Nearly all European countries (both EU and non-EU) are represented within ESHA by one or more organisations.

ESHA is an international community in which experiences, visions and views between members are exchanged and in which new ideas are born. ESHA connects school leaders, researchers and policy makers with the collective aim to learn from each other and improve education.

ESHA’s main role in the GEM project is dissemination of deliverables (see above).

In line with regulations set by the European Union all project materials are free of cost and for use to the benefit of the (schooling) community as a whole. Resources can be downloaded from the Gender Equality Matters website:

We request educators’ support in helping us further the Gender Equality Matters project. Together we can make our schools tackle gender-based violence!

In case you are interested in lending your support to the GEM cause, we invite school leaders to consult and to contact GEM partners directly. We hope that you will participate actively and share your opinions on the GEM social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Details of our social media accounts can be found on the project website. For further suggestions and/or queries please contact ESHA.