Gender Equality in Academia and Research – GEAR – 101129408

Capacity building in the field of higher education (ERASMUS-EDU-2023-CBHE)

Trajanje projekta: 2023-2026.


Montenegro COO University Adriatic, Faculty of Management Herceg Novi
Lithuania BEN Vilniaus Universitetas
Slovenia BEN Univerza v Mariboru
Montenegro BEN University of Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovina BEN NUBL
Bosnia and Herzegovina BEN Univeristy in Tuzla
Bosnia and Herzegovina BEN Udruzenje mladih zena GirlThing Tuzla
Montenegro BEN Socio-ekonomski centar Crne Gore
Serbia BEN Western Balkans Institute
Serbia BEN University Singidunum

General objective

GEAR is developed to support addressing the pressing regional society’s issues stemming from gender inequality in education, science and work and in line with recent developments corresponding to the fourth industrial revolution and regional economic development. Additionally, the project provides venues for inclusive action of the HE underrepresented women, i.e. Roma, especially in the aftermath of COVID19 educational equality and accessibility crises. Hence, the action addresses both quality and relevance of the HE in beneficiary communities and countries.

The action contributes to the overarching priority of the European Commission for the Western Balkans: Sustainable growth and jobs: Quality education is a key factor for securing growth and jobs and for addressing challenges linked to unemployment and skills mismatches. Investing in human capital and entrepreneurship helps societies to prepare for the future, by putting a halt to brain drain and supporting the transition to a knowledge-based economy.

A key objective is to tackle the existing mismatch between education outcomes and labour market demands, including through the development of workbased learning. Inclusive participation of all citizens, including Roma, in education and training systems will ensure that no one is left behind.

Specific objectives

Given all the raised issues, GEAR promises to deliver the following 4 specific objectives:

  • SO1: to develop and implement gender equality plans at 4 WB HEIs
  • SO2: to support gender balance in WB HEI with strengthening women’s and girls’ participation in STE(A)M studies and careers
  • SO3: to foster support (networks) for women with fewer opportunities in HE
  • SO4: to support the implementation of national and local gender aspects in strategic developmental frameworks (mainstreaming)