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Expert affirms gender norms in childhood impose limitations that affect adulthood

INTEC, INAFOCAM and the Ministry of Education opened the third round of the Specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education

SANTO DOMINGO. - The gender norms impose limitations from the childhood that reverberate along the Life. That is why teachers must be trained in pedagogy with a gender perspective, To delete that biases associated with it, he stated Lucero quiroga, Director of Gender Mainstreaming at the Global Center for Gender Equality of the Stanford

In giving the lecture "Gender: Promoting a culture of equality and inclusion in education, new and old challenges for teachers ”, the specialist indicated that it is necessary to adopt a gender-sensitive curriculum and materials to avoid the reproduction of gender stereotypes and ensure that girls and boys have access to behavioral models that promote equality and non-discrimination.

"For example, in tests such as PISA, which are applied worldwide, the results show that boys and girls have the same skills in science, however, at the university level there are more men than women graduated from careers related to science" , said Quiroga, during the event that opened the third round of Specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education, taught by the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), under the auspices of the National Institute of Education and Training of the Magisterium (INAFOCAM).

The also graduate of the second round of the Master's Degree in Gender and Development, taught by INTEC, assured that teachers have a lot to do to strengthen girls' self-esteem and children's attitudes about their relationship with girls.

Likewise, he called for the provision of education on menstrual health and ensuring adequate sanitation services in the school grounds; to involve boys and men as allies in the fight against harmful gender norms; to recognize and value domestic care and work, and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence at school.

Meanwhile, Desiree del Rosario, Academic coordinator of the Center for Gender Studies of INTEC, indicated that in this third round of the specialty there will be 105 participating of the sports areas, coordinators and counselors from San Pedro de Macoris, Higüey, San Cristobal y Santo Domingo. He said the program has 70 graduates from two previous rounds, most of whom completed the Master's program.

Dalul Ordehi, dean of INTEC's Social Sciences and Humanities Area, assured that the university has always been committed to responding to the need for Dominican society to promote active citizenship and respect for values ​​and diversity. “The beginning of this specialty program is the best way for us to train and work towards achieving those objectives that are not only institutional, but also national. We want an education where equality and gender awareness prevail ”, said Ordehi.

Julia Margarita Ubiera, Director of Training and Professional Development of INAFOCAM, said that the entity is hopeful that the specialty have a positive impact and that greater equality be achieved between men and women. "This specialty is committed to making a difference in our society for better citizenship."

For her part, Nirza Díaz, Director of Gender Equity and Development of the Ministry of Education, assured that the incorporation of the gender approach in the work of Dominican education is an increasingly important task. 

Meanwhile, Irene Machado, postgraduate coordinator of INTEC's Social Sciences and Humanities Area, congratulated the teachers and counselors who will study the specialty for taking an “important step” in the area of ​​gender and equality policies in education. "It is the beginning of a scientific, academic and technological path focused on specializing and training you as teachers."

About the specialty

The specialty in Gender and Equality Policies in Education lasts one year and is aimed at developing the competencies that enable its graduates to develop and apply educational plans and programs that promote equity between women and men, in order to to respond to the demands of respect and equality without discrimination.

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