Advancing gender+training in theory and practice

An international conference for practitioners, experts and commissioners in Gender+ training

Complutense University, Madrid, February 3-4, 2011

“Training activities in public and private organisations to enhance gender equality policies and tackle gender-based – and intersecting, which is what we mean by ‘gender+’- discriminations cover a broadening scope of purposes, meanings and practices. A growing number and variety of actors are involved in these activities, including trainers, private and public sector commissioners, experts in gender+ and/or management issues. These actors engage with different audiences at different levels – subnational, national, European, international- and in different sectors. As such, there is a growing need for setting quality standards, mainstreaming ‘practices with potential’ and discussing commonly faced resistances.

The aim of the conference is to disseminate the results and activities of the OPERA component of the Quality in Gender Equality Policies (QUING) project. QUING is funded by the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme and focuses on the qualitative dimensions of gender equality policies in the European Union. OPERA involves the integration of knowledge into operational standards for gender+ training. A number of key themes have emerged through OPERA’s activities with gender+ trainers, such as: defining quality criteria and curriculum standards; using feminist and gender+ theory in training; dealing with resistances to gender+ training; developing participatory-experiential methodologies; and negotiating with commissioners.”

For more information about the conference and the call, please contact: operaconference at, by 15th October 2010.

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