Ei-iE

Jens Kalaene
Jens Kalaene

Equity and inclusion

We defend and promote the principles of equity and equality in education, in education unions and in society. We are fully committed to combating all forms of racism and of bias or discrimination due age, disability, ethnicity or indigeneity, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, language, marital status, migratory status, political activism, religion, socio-economic status, trade union affiliation, among others. We are committed to addressing these forms of discrimination through an intersectional lens, which enables a deeper understanding of the complexities of lived experiences.

I think Education International has a leadership role to play… If we’re going to have a more civil society, a more inclusive society, then we have to model that by including men but women as well, people of different ethnic groups or religious backgrounds. All of us have to be involved and be at the table and have that kind of respect.

Professor Mary Hatwood Futrell, First elected EI President, 1993–2004

Promoting and advancing gender equality has always been an Education International priority. We believe that education can play a key role in empowering women and girls and can contribute to breaking through the cycle of gender discrimination. The Education International Gender Equality Action Plan highlights three main priorities:

  1. Promoting women’s leadership and participation within education unions;
  2. Taking action to increase intersectional gender equality in and through education;
  3. Promoting and securing women’s economic empowerment.

The unequal and gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic risks erasing years of progress on equity and inclusion throughout the world. Together with our member organisations, we mobilise to challenge and help dismantle all structures of inequality in education and beyond. As part of this work, we have called for equity audits to be conducted at all levels of education in order to ensure the pandemic does not define the lives of an entire generation of students.

Our work in this area

  1. News 5 August 2021

    East Asian education unions unite for quality peace education

    Understanding that history is often distorted and that political forces often interfere with education systems and curricula, Chinese, Korean and Japanese teachers are exploring their shared past to teach students for a better future.

    East Asian education unions unite for quality peace education
  2. News 20 July 2021

    Register today! Real talk: Teachers and young people as drivers of change on comprehensive sexual education and school-related gender-based violence

    How can school stakeholders work with governments to advance comprehensive sexuality education and help eradicate school-related gender-based violence? Join the conversation on 27 July, from 14:00 BST!

    Register today! Real talk: Teachers and young people as drivers of change on comprehensive sexual education and school-related gender-based violence
  3. News 19 July 2021

    Philippines: Education unionists targeted by Duterte regime in escalating human rights violations

    The Second Report of the Independent International Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines (Investigate PH) was released this month. The report documents intensifying human rights violations perpetrated by state agents, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s security policies and violent statements that have been adopted as...

    Philippines: Education unionists targeted by Duterte regime in escalating human rights violations
  4. Opinion 16 July 2021

    “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”

    During the pandemic, the role of families in children’s education has been emphasised because of school closures and the introduction of distance learning using new technologies. How can digital inclusion in the domestic, at-home sphere be understood in this context? As part of the series of conferences “Digital culture and...

    “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”
  5. News 15 July 2021

    Chad: the SET supporting teachers during the COVID-19 crisis

    Throughout the crisis, the Chad Teachers Union (SET, Syndicat des Enseignants du Tchad) has focused on listening to and supporting teachers. To this aim, the union carried out a large-scale survey to better understand the impact of the pandemic on teachers and to assess the effectiveness of distance learning.

    Chad: the SET supporting teachers during the COVID-19 crisis
  6. Education unions take action to end school-related gender-based violence

    12 July 2021

    Education union activists from nine countries across Africa share what they have learned about challenging gender-based violence in their schools, their communities, their unions and their national education systems.

  7. News 12 July 2021

    Educators in the Arab countries ready to rebuild education systems despite challenges

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive loss of human life and an unprecedented challenge to public health, education systems and the economy in the Arab region. Education unions remain committed to quality education, advocating for their students and members and rebuilding with equity.

    Educators in the Arab countries ready to rebuild education systems despite challenges
  8. News 29 June 2021

    Education International calls on the European Commission to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

    Education International joins over 200 civil society organisations to call on the European Commission and EU Member States to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and other medical products through the temporary waiver of certain provisions of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

    Education International calls on the European Commission to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
  9. Statements 25 June 2021

    Convention 190 can change lives | Joint statement of the Global Union Federations and the International Trade Union Confederation

    The adoption of International Labour Organization (ILO)Convention 190 andRecommendation 206 on Violence and Harassment in the world of work is a victory for the trade union and labour movement. The adoption of these instruments is the culmination of years of campaigning and lobbying by trade unions, and in particular women...

    Convention 190 can change lives | Joint statement of the Global Union Federations and the International Trade Union Confederation
  10. Publications and Research

    Training of Trainers Toolkit on the ILO Violence And Harassment Convention (No. 190) and Recommendation (No. 206)

    25 June 2021

    The historical adoption of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206) in 2019 by the International Labour Conference has created a new momentum in the fight against violence and harassment – including gender-based violence and harassment - in the world of work.

    Training of Trainers Toolkit on the ILO Violence And Harassment Convention (No. 190) and Recommendation (No. 206)
    1. Facilitator Guide
    2. Activity Workbook
  11. News 25 June 2021

    Global trade union movement launches toolkit in campaign to eradicate violence and harassment in the world of work

    As the International Labour Organization Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work comes into force on 25 June 2021, global unions launchtoolkit to support the Convention and its Recommendation 206 . The manual provides thousands of unions around the world with critical tools in the fight...

    Global trade union movement launches toolkit in campaign to eradicate violence and harassment in the world of work
  12. News 18 June 2021

    World Refugee Day: Education unions stand with refugee students and educators

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a damaging impact on refugee students, teachers and other education personnel. On World Refugee Day, education unions call on governments to guarantee inclusive education and decent living, learning, and working conditions for all migrants.

    World Refugee Day: Education unions stand with refugee students and educators
  13. News 17 June 2021

    Honduras: Union acts on the needs of educators with disabilities during pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to innovation and renewed engagement by education unions. In Honduras, the Colegio Profesional Superación Magisterial (COLPROSUMAH) has done its utmost to guarantee decent living and working conditions for teachers and educational support personnel living with disabilities.

    Honduras: Union acts on the needs of educators with disabilities during pandemic
  14. News 15 June 2021

    G7 leaders commit to support girls’ education but fall short on financing the promise

    During last weekend’s meeting, G7 leaders announced their support for theGirls’ Education Declaration and committed to addressing the setbacks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, financial commitments announced for the Global Partnership for Education are below the amount needed to ensure the most vulnerable have access to education.

    G7 leaders commit to support girls’ education but fall short on financing the promise
  15. News 14 June 2021

    Lives over profit: European Commission must support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and medical products

    Education International welcomes theresolution adopted by the European Parliament on June 10 calling “for support for proactive, constructive and text-based negotiations for a temporary waiver of the World Trade Organisation TRIPS Agreement”.

    Lives over profit: European Commission must support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines and medical products
  16. Take action! 14 June 2021

    No one is safe until everyone is safe

    Take action for universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, medical products and technologies!

    With a few high-income countries taking over most of the global vaccine supply, the rest of the world is left fighting new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without essential tools. In the meantime, new variants of the virus are threatening to send us all back to square one.

    No one is safe until everyone is safe
  17. News 14 June 2021

    Teacher unionists’ continuous advocacy for inclusive education and LGBTI rights

    Educators in Spain and the UK are backing up research by UNESCO and the International LGBTQI Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) – a member-based youth and student network –and reiterate their commitment in favour of the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) educators and students in education...

    Teacher unionists’ continuous advocacy for inclusive education and LGBTI rights