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mally organized voices in the women’s movement and politicians. Gender Studies, institutional feminism and gender policies have grown stronger and their further close cooperation is of the highest importance. From Theory to Practice It can be claimed that European society is familiar with gender issues. Yet, the present state of affairs is still far from ideal. Therefore, there is a need for highly specialized professionals with grounding in the humanities and/or social sciences who are able to increase gender awareness. Those who will have to face and deal with gendered realities need a well-prepared and well-conducted training. Gender Studies has established its own programmes and almost all important European universities offer courses related to gender. However, there is a tension between theory and practice, sometimes the theories are not easily translatable into the practice, and sometimes they refer to phenomena that cannot be directly used by policy makers, activists and organizations devoted to gender issues. Therefore, the university training must be structured in such a way as to allow future professionals (whose profiles must also be defined) to properly respond to the needs of a changing society. The most important task then is to define the most suitable training. From the Periphery to the Core of Gender Policies Gender policies were characterized by their fragility - on occasion due to their welfare nature, and at times due to their lack of recognition. They were seen as policies aimed at one specific group – women – and justified by their special needs. This lack of authority also spread to the theoretical corpus and to the professional women embarking on careers in the field. Sexual equality has gradually been transformed into a political principle which has become part of the “mainstream” of public action and management. This implies the acknowledgement of the theoretical contribution of feminism in general and of institutional feminism in particular, and requires specific training for those individuals who set the task of implementing them. Recognition and Consolidation of the Professional Figure To recognize the figure of gender equality expert (no consensus regarding the naming exists) is to recognize the strategic value of gender policies and vice versa. To give value to the content of political actions is to first evaluate the theoretical framework constructed by the feminist 41

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

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