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A guide for writing petitions to the National Council for Combating Discrimination (C.N.C.D)

Discrimination is very widespread in Romania, but few people access the existing legal levers, especially C.N.C.D., the main authority in Romania with powers in combating and sanctioning discrimination. For this reason, the Coalition for Gender Equality has launched a Guide for writing petitions to the National Council for Combating Discrimination (C.N.C.D) that supports anyone who […]

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NGOs have launched a guide for teachers to encourage them to address gender equality in the classroom

Starting today, secondary school teachers may use a guide for teaching and integrating gender equality during their classes. It includes theoretical foundations and concrete suggestions for activities in order to talk about gender equality in the classroom, from an inclusive and intersectional perspective. The textbook was created by a team of experts and researchers made […]

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WikiGap Hackathon in Cluj

The first workshop to write Wikipedia pages about women and events in the Romanian history of women's emancipation took place on July 19, 2022, in Cluj Napoca. The event was organized within the EGALIS project: Gender equality through social change and education. The workshop was attended by 14 young people aged between 17 and 25, […]

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Attempts to ban the dissemination of any information on sexual orientation and gender identity

On December 23, 2021, seven deputies  belonging to the Hungarian Minority Party (UDMR)[1] submitted to the Romanian Parliament a draft law amending and supplementing Law no. 272/2002[2] on the protection and promotion of children's rights. The legislative proposal prohibits the dissemination, by any means, of information on homosexual sexual orientation and gender identity among minors, […]

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How can gender equality be integrated in the classroom? Challenges for teachers in secondary and high school education

92% of young Romanians want to discuss gender equality at school, according to a UNICEF survey in 20201. They would like to receive information about situations of discrimination and harassment and to learn more about health and the human body. To get better prepared to face challenges in including gender equality in the classroom, two […]

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Training session for teachers: "Integrating gender equality in the classroom for pre-university education"

On May 20 and 21, 2022, a training session is being organized in Bucharest for teachers and support staff (school counselors, psychologists, etc.) in order to increase their abilities to integrate gender equality in the classroom. The training will contain both theoretical information - fundamental concepts, indicators of gender equality, legislation in the field, etc., […]

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The grand opening of the exhibition "10 years of feminist street activism"

On May 5, 2022, the exhibition "10 years of feminist street activism" had its grand opening at the Arthub Gallery in Bucharest. The exhibition brings together images and texts from the most representative feminist public events in the last 10 years, in Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu, Iasi, Timisoara, Seaca Valley, Giurgiu, Alba Iulia, Targoviste. The exhibition […]

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10 years of feminist street activism. Photo-video exhibition (May 05-19)

Front Association, together with the non-governmental organizations within the Coalition for Gender Equality, invites you on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 6.30 pm, to the opening of the photo-video exhibition "10 years of feminist street activism" which will take place at ARTHUB Gallery in Bucharest, str. General Constantin Budișteanu no. 10. From protests and marches, […]

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Reading Journal XIV: Why Love Hurts

Hello! I read “Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation”, by Eva Illouz, published in 2013. For Eva Illouz, the idea of suffering is inextricably linked to the experience of loving. In this book, she emphasizes the added dimension that gender brings into romantic relationships and shows that cultural scripts related to romantic love have a […]

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Reading Journal XIII: Women in Hipsterland

Hello! I have more things to say about the essay „Hipster, sinecdocă. Erou al clasei de mijloc sau țap ispășitor” or “Hipster, Synecdoche. Middle Class Hero or Scapegoat”, by Ciprian State, published in 2019, in the book “Hipsteri, bobos și clase creative”, or “Hipster, Bobos and Creative Classes”. The text itself doesn’t contain a lot […]

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Discussions with the representatives of ANES and ANC regarding the occupation of expert / technician in equal opportunities

On March 21, 2022, the Coalition for Gender Equality organized a working meeting with representatives of the Romanian National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men (ANES) and the Romanian National Authority for Qualifications (ANC) on the occupation of expert / technician of equal opportunities in Romania. The meeting took place in a hybrid […]

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Call to Action for governments in CEE countries: protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls from Ukraine

Human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations working in Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, call on decision makers across Europe and the broader international community to take swift, effective and coordinated action to protect the human rights and address the sexual and reproductivehealth needs of women and girls and marginalized […]

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Reading Journal XII: the Long Term Sexual Relationship

Hello! We’ve already talked about the book “The Sexual Revolution” by Wilhelm Reich, published in 1936. Along with exploring the reasons why the sexual revolution was not advancing in the 1930s, with post-revolutionary Russia as an example, the analysis of the progressive legislation which didn’t really achieve full success in the same country, Reich also […]

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Reading Journal XI: Research methods

Hello! I reread “Forschungsmethoden” (which means ‘research methods’), by Dr. Cornelius Remschmidt (2015). „Forschungsmethoden” a fost un modul de studiu despre metode de cercetare științifică pe care l-am urmat în cadrul masterului de Sănătate Public de la Berlin School of Public Health, Charité Universitätmedizin. Because over time, I received, at SEXUL vs BARZA, many requests […]

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Reading Journal X: She Said

Hello! I read the book “She Said”, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, published in 2020. The book is written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two journalists from The New York Times who broke the story on Harvey Weinstein, one of the articles which kickstarted the international #metoo movement. What I found compelling […]

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Most Romanian students learn about feminism from the Internet, not from school (press release)

The majority of Romanian middle school and high school students learn about feminism from the Internet and social media, and less at school or in the family – according to the study “What is feminism? Perceptions of Romanian students ” conducted by researchers Laura Grunberg and Diana Neaga in the project“ EGALIS: gender equality through […]

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"What is feminism? Perceptions of Romanian school students”(Research Report)

What do middle and high school students in Romania know about the concept of feminism? Where did they first hear about it ? What kind of connotations does the term have in their collective mind? Can young people name some feminists around them? These are the questions behind the study “What is feminism? Perceptions of […]

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Reading Journal IX: State of Emergency

Hello! I read “State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built”, by Tamika D. Mallory, published in 2021. It is a book about the continuing effects of systemic racism in the United States and it draws possible strategies through which people of color can fight for justice, in an age when tensions […]

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Gender Expertise in Romania, where to? Consultative meeting between NGOs and Academia

At the initiative of Plural Association and AnA – Society for Feminist Analysis, on January 31, 2022, a consultative meeting was held at Intersect Center in Bucharest, on professionalization of gender equality expertise in Romania. The meeting was attended by professor Ionela Băluță, coordinator of the M.A. Programme “Equal Opportunities Policies in Romanian and European […]

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Reading Journal VIII: Sex by Design

Hello! I read “Sex by Design: The Betty Dodson Story”, by Betty Dodson, published in 2016. “Sex By Design” is a memoir, the story of one woman’s fight for the liberation of female sexuality, as well as liberating her own sexuality – and the pleasure that comes with this. Dodson realized that many women aren’t […]

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Reading Journal VII: The Mass Psychology of Fascism

Hello!  I’ve read „The Mass Psychology of Fascism”, written by psychiatrist and psychoanalist  Wilhelm Reich, published in 1933. In the book, the author tries to work out the way in which fascists accumulate power by politically and ideologically oppressing the masses. In this type of regime, the women are the subordinates of men in hierarchies […]

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Guide for Teaching Gender Equality in Pre-university Education

To support Romanian teachers in understanding the impact they have on shaping an inclusive society, and to offer them suggestions for gender mainstreaming in the classroom, the EGALIS project team is preparing a guide for teaching gender equality in pre-university education. We will announce the launch of the Guide in the coming months. If you want […]

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Recognizing the Occupation of Gender Expert in Romania

Romania needs more than 100 years to eliminate inequalities between women and men[1] and has even regressed in this area. Gender gaps are particularly prevalent in women's political participation and access to economic opportunities. In this context, there is a pressing need for trained professionals that can work on gender mainstreaming in public institutions and private companies. […]

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Reading Journal VI: Hipster, Synecdoche

Hello! I read the essay „Hipster, sinecdocă. Erou al clasei de mijloc sau țap ispășitor” or “Hipster, Synecdoche. Middle Class Hero or Scapegoat”, by Ciprian State, published in 2019, in the book “Hisperi, bobos și clasele creative”, or “Hipster, Bobos and Creative Classes”. The history of Romanian hipsterism can be looked at as the history […]

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Reading Journal V: Women's Work

Hello! I read some of the book “Marxism and the Oppression of Women”, by Lise Vogel, published in 1983. A lot of female authors have added in time to the shaping of an understanding of the role of women in capitalism or of – to put it clearly – a set of marxist-feminist ideas. These […]

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Reading Journal IV - The Sexual Revolution 

Hello! I recently read the book “The Sexual Revolution”, by Wilhelm Reich, published in 1936. Reich was one of Freud’s proteges, who came up with some ‘heretical’ ideas which contradicted his teacher. He was convinced that emotions and politics have a direct impact on our bodies. In “The Sexual Revolution”, Reich explores the reasons why […]

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Reading Journal III: Sex at Dawn

Hello! One of the books I’ve read recently is “Sex at Dawn”, by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, published in 2010. The book is a fresh perspective on the evolution of humans’ mating systems, and the authors argue that human beings evolved in groups of hunter-gatherers in which sexual interaction was a resource shared within […]

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ACTEDO provides legal assistance in cases of violence, discrimination and other women's rights violations

The trajectory of women's struggle against injustice, violence and discrimination often reaches the judiciary system. It is a difficult path in which we have to deal with courts that are not always trained to understand the specific needs of women and to avoid their re-traumatization. For many of us, access to the justice system is […]

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We're preparing a befriending feminism kit

Today's girls, along with the boys, will live in a better world if they continue, adapt and assume the aspirations, ideas and involvement of feminist generations before them. Are today's young people willing to claim what is yet to be claimed, to adjust what is yet to be adjusted, to change what is yet to […]

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Reading Journal II: The Origin of the Family

Salut! Hello! I read “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State: in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan”, by Friedrich Engels, published in 1984. The philosophical treatise focuses on the early history of mankind after the disintegration of primitive communities and the emergence of a stratified society, organized in […]

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Reading Journal I - The Communist Manifesto

Hello! I read “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, published în 1848. The manifesto was the basis of the modern communist movement as we know it. In the manifesto, the two authors talk about how capitalism will inevitably destroy itself, will be replaced with socialism and, in the long run, will become […]

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Twenty Romanian NGOs demand respect for women's right to abortion in the public healthcare sector

At the initiative of the Coalition for Gender Equality, several Romanian NGO’s signed an open letter sent to the Romanian Ministry of Health and the Department for Emergency Situations. The letter signals that following the recent Emergency Order 9490 dated October 4th, 2021 and suspending non-urgent medical procedures, women's access to on-demand abortion services is […]

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”Anti-Gender” movement. Why has gender become an issue?

This article is based on the master’s thesis research “Anti-gender movement and political response. The case of Romania”, presented by Carmen Radu/Front Association in September 2019, at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Political Science Department. What is “gender ideology”?  The “war on gender ideology” could be schematically defined as a social movement against a broader area […]

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Most Romanian High School Students Learn about Feminism from the Internet, not from School

AnA Society for Feminist Analyses conducted a research among Romanian high school students to find out their perception of the concept of feminism and the connotations that the term has for them. The processing of 147 questionnaires (81 girls and 61 boys, 5 questionnaires did not have information on sex or name) showed that: The […]

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Project start EGALIS: GENDER EQUALITY THROUGH SOCIAL CHANGE AND EDUCATION

Through education we can change outdated mentalities and build a society in which girls and women have equal opportunities, respect and full rights. Education is the best way to prevent sexism, discrimination and gender-based violence. We are proud to announce that we have started the implementation of the project “EGALIS: gender equality through social change […]

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Meeting with women politicians from the Party of European Socialists

On the 16th of October 2018, Roxana Marinescu (Societatea de Analize Feministe AnA) represented the Coalition for Gender Equality in a meeting with PES women politicians in order to exchange on women’s rights and gender equality issues in Romania. PES representatives were hosted by PSD, as a member of the Party of European Socialists. The […]

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UN warns Romania: women are facing violence, discrimination and stereotypes

What measures must the Romanian government implement by 2021 to fight discrimination against women? From offering services to help women survivors of violence, to ensuring the provision of sexual education in schools, gender quotas for political candidates, gender quotas for companies listed in the Stock Exchange, prohibiting the practice of conscientious objection towards abortions in […]

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This website has been updated in the project EGALIS: gender equality through social change and education, implemented by the Centre Partnership for Equality (CPE), in partnership with Front Association, The Romanian Society for Feminist Analyses (AnA), The Equality and Human Rights Action Centre (ACTEDO), PLURAL Association and SEX vs The STORK Association, with the financial support from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014 -2021. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit www.eeagrants.org. More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at www.activecitizensfund.ro.

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