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 27 July 2010

    African women demand representation and end of violence

    Women activists from across Africa have gathered at a women's conference in Entebbe, Uganda, to demand that African Union (AU) heads of state consider gender equality when choosing representatives at all levels of AU structures.

    African women demand representation and end of violence
  2. News 20 July 2010

    Successful Europride makes a stand for LGBT rights

    Trade unionists joined 10,000 equality campaigners from across Europe at the Europride in Warsaw, Poland. This was the first event of its kind in a post-communist country, and the largest European celebration of LGBT rights.

    Successful Europride makes a stand for LGBT rights
  3. News 21 June 2010

    Canada: Teachers bring National Aboriginal Day to life

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) has invited teachers to highlight National Aboriginal Day which takes place on 21 June to celebrate the culture, heritage and contributions of the original peoples of North America and their descendants.

    Canada: Teachers bring National Aboriginal Day to life
  4. News 12 June 2010

    EI calls for increased effort to end child labour

    Hundreds of millions of boys and girls across the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their fundamental rights.

    EI calls for increased effort to end child labour
  5. News 7 June 2010

    AFT hosts global webcast to end child labour

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is co-sponsoring a high level government and NGO policy dialogue at the State Department in Washington with global leaders.

    AFT hosts global webcast to end child labour
  6. News 7 June 2010

    EI welcomes Malawi’s President decision to free LGBT couple

    Malawi’s President Binguwa Mutharika has ordered the immediate release of the two LGBT people who were imprisoned because of their sexual orientation, after allegedly holding an engagement ceremony last December.

    EI welcomes Malawi’s President decision to free LGBT couple
  7. 4 June 2010

    Spain: Education for equality

    The Spanish union FETE-UGT has launched an awareness campaign on gender equality. Developed on the back of an agreement with the Ministry for Equality, it aims to open up new spaces for dialogue and debate on gender equality issues, while providing teachers with specific tools to address the issues across...

    Spain: Education for equality
  8. 4 June 2010

    World Day Against Child Labour: Join the fight

    A new EI publication called Go for the Goal: End Child Labour is being launched on 12 June to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.

    World Day Against Child Labour: Join the fight
  9. News 10 May 2010

    On International Day Against Homophobia EI reaffirms LGBT people’s rights

    Despite significant improvements in recent decades, homophobic harassment and prejudicial treatment continues to span all occupations, including education. The presence of homophobic behavior and attitudes, in all regions, affects the workplace culture which in turn creates hostile and unsafe environments for lesbian and gay teachers.

    On International Day Against Homophobia EI reaffirms LGBT people’s rights
  10. News 15 April 2010

    EI Demands Gender Pay Equity Now!

    April 15 is European Equal Pay Day which serves to remind us all that a gender pay gap still exists within every single European country. The date, April 15, has been selected to symbolise exactly how many more days into the year 2010 women must work simply to earn the...

    EI Demands Gender Pay Equity Now!
  11. 29 March 2010

    International Women’s Day 2010: Celebrating and promoting women’s leadership

    To mark International Women’s Day, 8 March, Worlds of Education asked women trade unionists one key question: What is the most positive development you see on the road to gender equality? Here are some of their thoughts.

    International Women’s Day 2010: Celebrating and promoting women’s leadership
  12. Publications and Research

    Education for refugee and asylum seeking children in OECD countries

    Paloma Bourgonje
    16 March 2010

    This study examines the educational situation of refugee and asylum-seeking children in four countries: Australia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In all four countries migration has been a subject of political discussion and even controversy in recent decades.

    Education for refugee and asylum seeking children in OECD countries
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  13. News 11 March 2010

    Canada: New CTF study highlights experiences of Aboriginal teachers

    A major study of the professional knowledge and experience of Aboriginal teachers in Canadian public schools was released today at a special Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) event on Aboriginal education.

    Canada: New CTF study highlights experiences of Aboriginal teachers
  14. 10 March 2010

    Statement delivered by Jan Eastman, EI Deputy General Secretary at the Plenary Session on behalf of Public Services International (PSI), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Education International (EI) on the 54th Session of the United Nati

    Below is the speech given by the EI Deputy General Secretary, Jan Eastman, at the Plenary of the 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

    Statement delivered by Jan Eastman, EI Deputy General Secretary at the Plenary Session on behalf of Public Services International (PSI), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Education International (EI) on the 54th Session of the United Nati
  15. News 4 March 2010

    Support us in our open letter to the UN chief over the outrage at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women!

    The four Global Unions at the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) currently held in New York issued an open letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, expressing their outrage at the process and substance of the event.

    Support us in our open letter to the UN chief over the outrage at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women!