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 2006-06-19

    EI protests against trafficking of women and young girls during the World Cup

    In a letter addressed to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on 19 June, EI expressed its concern about the trafficking of women and girls into Germany who are being exploited in the sex industry for the World Cup season.

    EI protests against trafficking of women and young girls during the World Cup
  2. News 2006-05-18

    Canada: National Day Against Homophobia - New teacher resource aims to nurture better understanding of BGLTT students

    EI affiliate, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), is pleased to release on this National Day Against Homophobia, 17 May, "The Gay-Straight Student Alliance Handbook", the latest in a series of publications aiming to help teachers, school administrators and counselors in understanding the educational, health and safety needs of bisexual, gay,...

    Canada: National Day Against Homophobia - New teacher resource aims to nurture better understanding of BGLTT students
  3. 2006-05-16

    Comments of Education International on the ILO Global Report on Child Labour 2006 “The end of Child Labour: within reach”

    “The end of Child Labour: within reach” is the second report that the ILO, under the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, releases since 2002. The report's objective is to analyze and show progress made on the child labour (Child Labour) issue over the past four years, as...

    Comments of Education International on the ILO Global Report on Child Labour 2006 “The end of Child Labour: within reach”
  4. News 2006-03-06

    EI Statement on the International Women's Day, 8 March 2006 - Public Quality Education to achieve Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

    During the UN Millennium Summit in the year 2000, world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to achieving equal rights for women and girls by approving Goal 3 on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. It was not the first time that such a pledge had been made.

    EI Statement on the International Women's Day, 8 March 2006 - Public Quality Education to achieve Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  5. News 2006-03-03

    Global Unions Oral Statement on Migration - 50th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women – 2 March, 2006

    The international trade union organisations welcome the fact that migration has been placed on the Agenda of the 50th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women as an emerging issue. The growing phenomenon of migration is of concern to global unions, represented here by Education International, Public Services...

    Global Unions Oral Statement on Migration - 50th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women – 2 March, 2006
  6. News 2006-03-02

    UK: Gender pay gap is worst in Europe

    EI affiliates in the UK have expressed their opinions following the publication of the Women and Work Commission’s ‘Shaping a Fairer Future’ report which found women earn only 83% of the male hourly rate.

    UK: Gender pay gap is worst in Europe
  7. News 2006-02-28

    Press Release 03/2006 - UN Commission on the Status of Women - CSW50: Encouraging women’s participation in decision making

    Education International (EI) will take part in the discussions of the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW50, New York, 27 February-10 March 2006), which this year will look into mechanisms for improving women’s representation in decision making bodies.

    Press Release 03/2006 - UN Commission on the Status of Women - CSW50: Encouraging women’s participation in decision making
  8. News 2006-02-13

    Australia: WorkersOut! At Mardi gras

    EI affiliate the NTEU is a member of WorkersOut! - a collective of unions and union members who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) working together to raise the profile and importance of union membership across the LGBTI community.

    Australia: WorkersOut! At Mardi gras
  9. News 2006-02-07

    UK: new challenges facing LGBT teachers

    "With the increasing multicultural nature of western European societies, new obstacles have emerged for the achievement of LGTB rights. We hear of teachers who no longer dare to be open about their sexual orientation, afraid of hostile reactions by students some of whom are driven by religious fanatism," said EI...

    UK: new challenges facing LGBT teachers
  10. News 2006-01-31

    EI letter to the President of Afghanistan

    EI sent a letter to the President of Afghanistan on 26 Jan 2006, urging him to take action on the series of attacks targeting educators in schools where children, especially girls, are studying across Afghanistan. EI released a press statement on the same day, asking the international community to redouble...

    EI letter to the President of Afghanistan
  11. News 2006-01-31

    Press Release 1/2006: Afghanistan - girls’ schooling under threat

    Education International, which represents over 29 million teachers and education workers in the world, a thousand of whom are in Afghanistan, has asked the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, and the international community to redouble their efforts to guarantee girls’ education in Afghanistan and the safety of teachers who educate girls.

    Press Release 1/2006: Afghanistan - girls’ schooling under threat
  12. News 2005-12-14

    EI European Round Table on Equality: many challenges ahead

    Participants at the EI European Round Table on Equality held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14-15 Nov, unanimously agreed that there are still many challenges ahead for education workers and their organisations in the area of equality.

    EI European Round Table on Equality: many challenges ahead
  13. News 2005-12-06

    Register for the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today!

    As a consultative partner of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), EI will be participating in the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), which will be held in New York, USA, from 27 February to 10 March 2006.

    Register for the 50th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today!