Even nowadays, traditional roles and stereotypes continue to be a powerful influence and many men and women often choose a more traditional type of educational program and/or professional occupation.
We have created programs for elementary school-age children to address gender awareness in the classroom and encourage students to start thinking about their own career plans and interests independent of gender bias. The Department of Human Resource Development, Gender & Diversity Management (JKU) has created a proven workshop concept addressing issues such as gender equality, equality between women and men, gender roles, gender-specific division of labor, etc. The workshops include theoretical exercises with hands-on tasks such as building towers and rotors made out of various materials.
In cooperation with the Office for Women's Affairs (city of Linz), 10 gender-awareness workshops were held in the fall of 2016 in addition to twenty 90-minute workshops. The department offered fourteen workshops based on the proven concept as well as 6 newly developed training workshops aimed at secondary school students from the second grade on. The workshops were conducted by experienced staff members at the Department of Human Resource Development, Gender & Diversity Management directly at elementary schools from April to December 2017. A new round will begin February 2018.