TARGET means TAke a Reflexive approach to Gender Equality for institutional Transformation. TARGET will contribute to the advancement of gender equality in research and innovation (R&I) by supporting a reflexive gender equality policy in seven Gender Equality Innovating Institutions (GEIIs) in the Mediterranean basin - including research performing organizations (RPOs), research funding organizations (RFOs) and a network of universities.
RMEI is involved in this European research program that will benefit from RMEI university network to enlarge the statistical surveys.
The scientific coordinator of the program for RMEI is Pr Anastasia ZABANIOTOU from Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (GE). The Legal Entity Administrative Representative (LEAR) is Pr Olivier BOIRON from Ecole Centrale Marseille.
The Gender Equality (GE) is recognized by the board of RMEI as one of the main and challenging objectives of the network for the next coming years. GE is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of UNESCO for the period 2017-2030.
For more information about TARGET please visit our website : http://www.gendertarget.eu/
- TARGET PROJECT and RMEI
The objective of TARGET is to contribute to the advancement of gender equality in research and innovation (R&I) by supporting a reflexive gender equality policy in seven Gender Equality Innovating Institutions (GEIIs) in the Mediterranean basin - including research performing organisations (RPOs), research funding organisations (RFOs) and a network of universities ( RMEI).
The TARGET countries have been characterized as relatively ‘inactive’ in developing gender equality policies in R&I. The widening gap be tween ‘proactive’ countries and ‘inactive’ countries is a worrying development – as some countries are being ‘left behind’ – which if nothing is done may have negative implications on the quality and excellence of R&I throughout Europe.
The TARGET approach goes beyond the formal adoption of a gender equality policy by emphasising an iterative and reflexive process towards equality at the institutional level as well as the establishment of a community of practice for gender equality within the institution: a ctual change is the result of increased institutional willingness and capacity to identify, reflect on and address gender bias in a sustained way.
Starting point and anchor of the process is a tailored Gender Equality Plan or Strategy (GEP/GES) in each GE II which will be designed, implemented, monitored, self - assessed and evaluated in the course of TARGET.
Within TARGET, change for achieving gender equality in R&I is defined as a three - dimensional construct:
1) addressing gender bias in human resource management (recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers);
2) addressing gender imbalances in decision - making processes and
3) strengthening the gender dimension in R&I content and Higher Education (HE) curricula.
TARGETs’ GEIIs have been selected for their potential to initiate change in the national
discourse on gender equality in R&I in countries with limited gender equality policies in