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Cultivating Humanities: the Studies of Gender
Cultivating Humanities: the Studies of Gender
Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka and UNIRI

This academic year, at the University of Rijeka, we have launched the communis elective course ‘Gender Studies’ that is available to all students regardless of their study group, and regardless of whether they are on their BA or MA cycles. Alongside the course, we have published a textbook edited by Sanja Bojanić and Brigita Miloš, members of our SPEAR team.

Linking SPEAR Friends to Build Gender-Friendly Environment at Plovdiv University
Linking SPEAR Friends to Build Gender-Friendly Environment at Plovdiv University
SPEAR team of the Plovdiv University

Following SPEAR's main objective to overcome inequalities within the organization, the SPEAR team at the Plovdiv University has started with the initial shortlisting of actions to devise and implement the strategy to overcome the administrative, financial, and cultural challenges that exist in the current environment. No doubt, in the process of achieving gender equality, one of the most really important prerequisites is to surround ourselves with a strong community that supports us regardless of our gender or sex. These are the people who respect our sex and gender, support our personal journey, and offer empathy and advice. They will be the people who we can trust and turn to for support when we are struggling. Therefore, since the beginning of our project, we have started our work on establishing connections, personal relationships and building a sense of community in our university by following the steps below.

Linking experiences: a path for gender equality
Linking experiences: a path for gender equality
Antónia Coutinho Vice-Dean for Students NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH)

In recent history, women issues were not part of the public agendas, communication was far from the several and agile means we have got and it couldn’t interfere in real time. So, each woman was alone to face her own gender experience: most of the time, she would think she was the only one to handle the problems she was dealing with. She could look at the world around and feel it should be different, she had no one to speak about. She had to take it on her own. In this context, to discover that her neighbor, her friend, her cousin, the friend of her cousin, the friend of the cousin of her neighbor (and so many other women) had similar difficulties in a world shaped by men was one step ahead to women conscience development. Feminist movements were crucial to connect women and create conditions for them to share experiences – as a qualitative leap to women empowerment and to gender equality.

The Power of Reflection and Community in SPEAR
The Power of Reflection and Community in SPEAR
Peter Bjelskou, University of Southern Denmark

SPEAR’s reflective practices involve more than “just thinking”. Structured reflection is an integral part of the processual dynamics of SPEAR’s Communities of Learning and Communities of Practice. Here partners mutually benefit by engaging in a circular exchange of learning, practice, and feedback (read more about this). This mechanism ensures more synergetic effects by building upon what might otherwise be considered a traditional learning programme and a best practice network, to create a complete self-generating entirety. This empowers members to become effective GE-practitioners in their own contexts, and experience how diversified groups can be more than the sum of their parts.