A package of measures to address gender inequalities in the teaching profession

External practice
March involving DOE in Greece
March involving DOE in Greece




With the government.

Reason it was developed

The activities were developed in the context where overall gender inequalities in Greece have been increasing on the labour market. On most indicators of EIGE’s Gender Equality Index, Greece scores have been decreasing over the years. The gender pay gap is also close to the EU average in Greece. In the teaching profession, horizontal gender inequalities are also pronounced. Whilst women hold around 50% of the postgraduate degrees, their proportion in the university faculties is around 30%. In contrast, primary education is dominated by female teachers. Vertical gender inequalities are also pronounced. Only around 16% of leadership positions in the education profession are occupied by women. The key obstacles in the progress of women towards administrative positions remain the stereotype of the male administrator, the gender based structure in the work environment, work-family balance and biased criteria in the selection process.


The union has concentrated on three types of activities to achieve: • Equal salaries • Equal pensions • Equal maternity leaves for all permanent teachers


The key achievements relate to: • Achieving equal salaries • Achieving equal pensions • Achieving equal parental leaves of 9 months fully paid for men and women for all permanent teachers


The funding comes from the national budget.


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