EFTA engaged with us to organise its yearly workshop on gender equality.
Founded in 1960, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is the intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat employs approximately 90 staff members, of whom a third are based in Geneva and two thirds in Brussels and Luxembourg.
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Secretariat is a place of equality and mutual respect where each employee shall be treated fairly and enjoy equal opportunities. To ensure gender equality at the workplace, in 2017, the EFTA Secretariat launched a specific Policy that aims at safeguarding equal conditions and opportunities for the employees of EFTA. The EFTA Gender Equality Policy also intends to create a gender bias-free workplace and to raise awareness of gender equality in all the work of the Secretariat.
Within the context of the EFTA Secretariat Gender Equality Policy, we designed and conducted a half-day workshop on gender bias, discrimination and gender equality. In order to fully understand the needs of the workshop participants, we first conducted an online survey to determine the needs of the EFTA secretariat employees, following which we ran a half-day workshop, which combined group and individual exercises. The workshop tackled unconscious bias around gender equality at the workplace, as well as focused on developing skills and improving staff competence. We followed-up the workshop with a post-event questionnaire to close the learning loop and collect feedback from participants about future priorities.