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Book Launch: Gender Equality and Stereotyping in Secondary Schools

Monday, April 11, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The CEU Democracy Institute cordially invites you to the book launch of

Maria Tsouroufli and Dorottya Rédai (eds): Gender Equality and Stereotyping in Secondary Schools. Case Studies from England, Hungary and Italy.

The book explores gender stereotyping and gender inequalities in secondary education in England, Hungary and Italy. The authors highlight the importance of addressing student and teacher attitudes if long-term changes in mindset are desired, as well as the underlying stereotypes that persist and linger in these educational contexts. Promoting a whole-school culture change approach, this book explores views of gender stereotypes from teachers and students concerning subject and career choices, as well as collaborative work with teachers, experts and NGOs in implementing and evaluating gender equality charters. Drawing on extensive research, this book employs an intersectional and cross-country approach: while the authors acknowledge the challenges and opportunities of researching gender equality frameworks across different countries, ultimately these link to the UN Sustainable Development goal of gender equality.

Please note that this is an online event. To receive the Zoom-link, please register here.


  • Introduction by Éva Fodor, Pro-Rector for Foresight and Analysis, CEU
  • Roundtable discussion:
    • Geeta Ludhra, moderator, Lecturer in Education, Brunel University, Lead of Social Enterprise, Dadima's CIC
    • Maria Tsouroufli, co-editor, Professor of Education and Director of Research, Brunel University London
    • Dorottya Rédai, co-editor, Research Affiliate, CEU Democracy Institute
    • Areta Sobieraj, co-author, Global Citizenship Education Lead, Oxfam Italy
  • Q & A with the audience  

For ordering information, please visit the publisher’s website.

About the speakers

Eva FodorÉva Fodor is Professor of Gender Studies and a member of CEU's Senior Leadership Team as Pro-Rector for Foresight and Analysis. Until February she was Co-Director of the CEU Democracy Institute.  She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California in Los Angeles and works in the field of comparative social inequalities. Her recent book, "The Gender Regime of Anti-Liberal Hungary" describes the introduction of what she calls a "carefare" regime in Hungary after 2010. Her ongoing research projects address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the division of care work, and the transformation of the labor market during and following the pandemic. 

Geeta LudhraGeeta Ludhra works in education and her background is rooted in UK primary school teaching and leadership. She has taught across diverse primary school settings and has a particular interest in decolonizing social and educational narratives through a gendered and raced lens. Alongside her academic work, Geeta leads a community social enterprise, Dadima's CIC, where she advocates for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in outdoor spaces, changing perspectives of belonging and engagement with nature.

Dorottya RedaiDorottya Rédai is an independent scholar, affiliated with the CEU Democracy Institute. Her research interests include gender equality in education, sex education, the intersectional reproduction of social inequalities in education, and anti-gender education politics in Central Eastern Europe. Besides her academic work, she works as an activist and trainer in Labrisz Lesbian Association in Hungary; she is the coordinator of the internationally renowned A Fairytale for Everyone book project, for which she was named to the 2021 TIME100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Areta SobierajAreta Sobieraj is a Global Citizenship Education specialist, who has worked in many educational fields as an education officer and trainer, working in the formal and non-formal sectors. She is currently the Global Citizenship Education lead in Oxfam Italy and contributes to developing, monitoring and evaluating educational programs focused on active and global citizenship education, which cover many issues embedded in the 2030 UN Agenda including gender equality.

Maria TsouroufliMaria Tsouroufli is Professor of Education and Director of Research at Brunel University London. She founded and leads the Interculturality for Diversity and Global Learning research group at Brunel. Her research explores the interface of gender with professional identities and policy implementation in secondary, higher and medical education in European countries.