The project Free Choices - Estereótipos não fazem o meu género: escolhas vocacionais e profissionais livres de preconceitos is promoted by UMAR – União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta and funded by the Work-life Balance and Gender Equality Programme of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism – EEAGrants 2014-2021. CIEG/ISCSP-ULisboa, ATEC – Associação de Formação para a Indústria, Associação Nós – Instituição Particular de Solidariedade Social, the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and the Icelandic Women´s Rights Association (Iceland) are the project’s partners along with various high schools and schools.
The main project’s goals are the deconstruction of gender stereotypes which legitimise and contribute for the reproduction of a sexual segregation of academic and professional choices of youth, fomenting youth’s participation and critical analysis on the prevention of gender stereotypes and the promotion of gender equality. It also aims to develop collaborative work, involving the different agents who have an important role in the transformation of this paradigm of segregation. And to implement a prevention of stereotypes and promotion of equality programme, in the school context, aimed at vocational orientation, with students from the 7th to the 9th grades.
Manuela Tavares (CIEG/ISCSP-ULisboa | UMAR) is the project’s coordinator and Maria João Cunha (CIEG/ISCSP-ULisboa) the scientific consultant.