Last 29 October Indire was invited to take part in the hearing of the parliamentary committee of inquiry on femicide, and on any other form of gender-related violence, in order to report about initiatives and training activities implemented in schools on the issue of gender-related violence. In particular, the summoning was related to the implementation of the guidelines for the national plan for education to respect and the experiences carried out so far.
During the videoconference, Indire’s representatives have described the actions that the institute has started as member of ASviS, the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, on behalf of the Department for equal opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries and with the support of the European Social Fund.
In the last years, Indire included goal 5 of the Agenda 2030 among its primary research objectives, that is, gender equality. The Institute carried out specific quanti-qualitative analysis on the issue and designed specific research-action activities on the study of schools’ intervention strategies aimed to spread the culture of respect. The aim is to create a permanent observatory on schools’ planning to monitor the handling of gender-related issues as part of civic education, and collect and disseminate good practices produced by schools to contrast stereotypes and discriminations.
Indire is also active in the implementation of the action plan against sexual and gender-related violence and on behalf of the Department for equal opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries it carried out the project “Gender school – tackling gender-related violence”. The project – coordinated by the researcher Fausto Benedetti, has put in place a national training plan for teachers and school staff on gender equality and respect of differences, aiming at overcoming the stereotypes concerning the social role, the representation and the meaning of being men and women, boys and girls. The training material and the didactic kit prepared by the Indire researchers are available for all users and provide a valuable tool for combatting stereotypes and disseminating innovative didactic practices.