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. Opinion 9 October 2019

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).

    Michal Horník

    I have been working in the education sector for five years. It is not a long time but it is not a short time either. I have spent a lot of good time teaching students, cooperating with my colleagues and participating in trade union activities - the activities of The...

    #youngteachers “Trade unions at your side!”, by Michal Horník (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).
  2. News 30 September 2019

    Spain: FECCOO calls for new law to protect LGTBI persons in schools and other education institutions

    In September 2019, the Federation of Educators of the Workers’ Commissions (Federación de Enseñanza de Comisiones Obreras - FECCOO) submitted a hate crimes complaint against the organisation ‘HazteOir’ (Get yourself heard) to the Attorney General’s office and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe.

    Spain: FECCOO calls for new law to protect LGTBI persons in schools and other education institutions
  3. News 20 September 2019

    European education trade unions address gender equality through social dialogue project

    The European Trade Union Committee for Education, the European region of Education International, wraps up successful project on social dialogue and gender equality in teaching by launching research findings and a good practice database at Bucharest Conference.

    European education trade unions address gender equality through social dialogue project
  4. Opinion 15 September 2019

    “Education on the International Day of Democracy”, by David Edwards.

    David Edwards

    The United Nations established the International Day of Democracy on the 15th of September in 2007 to promote democracy. In 2019, it is clear that democracy and all the things that go with it like human rights and rule of law need to be defended as well as promoted. Education...

    “Education on the International Day of Democracy”, by David Edwards.
  5. News 4 September 2019

    Australia: AEU supports ‘Wear it Purple Day 2019’

    “Wear it Purple Day” on 30 August was first started in 2010 as a response to tragic events of LGBTQ+ school students who committed suicide as a consequence of bullying and harassment. The movement is designed to show rainbow young people they are accepted and celebrated for who they are...

    Australia: AEU supports ‘Wear it Purple Day 2019’
  6. News 30 August 2019

    Brazil: CNTE defends the rights of LGBTQ+ students in schools

    To commemorate the National Day of Lesbian Visibility, 29 August 2019, the Education Commission of the Chamber of Deputies held a debate on discrimination against LGBTI+ students in schools.

    Brazil: CNTE defends the rights of LGBTQ+ students in schools