This Master's Degree has been designed to train experts in the application of equal opportunity policies in administrative and social environments. It responds to the need for specialised training in the implementation of equality and protection plans, that is, in the training of equality agents.
Given its professionalized nature, this Master's Degree provides the knowledge necessary for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of equality plans, programmes and policies. It likewise trains students how to run campaigns and positive-action projects, and how to conduct studies on equal opportunities thatl take women into consideration.
The general objective of the equal-opportunity agents is to achieve equal gender relations in whatever environment they work. Their tasks involve guaranteeing equal opportunities to both men and women in gaining access to resources and welfarel benefits. They should also seek to both improve and modify current cultural, economic, political and social conditions.
Each field in which graduates may work will have specific objectives. Some of the areas in which equal-opportunity agents may exercise in a professional capacity include the following:
- Public administrations
- Trade unions
- Health sector
- Political organisations
- Tertiary sector
Lines of action
Although each specific area may have its own idiosyncratic traits, the general tasks equal-opportunity agents will be expected to perform are outlined below:
- Dealing with vertical segregation.
- Dealing with horizontal segregation.
- Establishing measures to encourage new uses of time: co-responsibility, and reconciling work and professional life.
- Encouraging the active participation of women in decision-making structures.
- Establishing measures for women's promotion.
- Promoting the internal application of equality.
- Creating specific committees for the application of equality measures.
- Take care and establish measures to promote the use of a non-sexist or discriminatory language.
- Establishing measures to develop real co-education based on social values.
- Implimenting educational activities related to stereotyping and fighting against discrimination.
- Promoting specific research into gender issues in order to provide academic training from a gender perspective.
- Protecting maternity rights.
- Offering specific job security for women.
- Establishing measures to address inequalities in pay between men and women.
- Preventing and coping with sexual, psychological or verbal harassment.
- Implementing measures to promote the eradication of violence for reasons of gender.