The project’s main mission is to gather and promote research evidence on gender equality across applied psychology disciplines. Specifically, we aim to create a worldword map, pinpointing the key research evidence that has strong policy implications for promoting gender equality around the world. We are keen to gather and give visibility to relevant research in applied psychology that contributes to the SDG 5, with special focus on implications for policy makers.
Our position on gender equality is aligned with the definition used by the United Nations:
“Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys. Equality does not mean that women and men will become the same but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equality implies that the interests, needs and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity of different groups of women and men. Gender equality is not a women’s issue but should concern and fully engage men as well as women. Equality between women and men is seen both as a human rights issue and as a precondition for, and indicator of, sustainable people-centered development.” (OSAGI Gender Mainstreaming - Concepts and definitions (un.org))
In line with UN, we understand gender as “socially constructed attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female. These are context/ time-specific and changeable”. As such, we take the position that gender is not binary.
The main goals of our special project are: