We invite you to a discussion evening on gender inequalities in education


The debate on "Bridging the STEM gender gap through (and in) education" will take place on 10 May at StamEuropa in Brussels.

The Czech Liaison Office for Education and Research in Brussels (CZELO) and the Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU in Brussels (KJMK) are co-organising another education discussion, the so-called EduCafé, which targets not only education experts but also all those interested in the given topic from the general public. The debate will be held in English.  

The spring edition of EduCafé will focus on the topic of gender inequality in education, especially the unbalanced representation of girls and boys in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. How to tackle low engagement of girls in these study fields and consequently careers? What is the role of education, be it initial or continuous, formal or informal, in bridging the gender divide? The panellists will discuss the state of play in the Czech educational system as well as general trends and tendencies across the EU. They will also share good practice examples and policy developments from Czechia. 

The speakers will be Johana Jonáková from Gender Studies, a non-profit organisation being an information, consultation and training centre on gender equality in society, and Olga Maximová from Czechitas, a non-profit organisation focusing on life-long training of girls and women aiming at improving their IT skills and helping them start their IT careers.  

The debate will be moderated by Zdeňka Trachtová, foreign correspondent of the Czech Radio in Brussels.  

Johana Jonáková is an expert on gender equality and social integration with professional experience in the non-profit sector and in public administration. After her studies, she had worked in Gender Studies as a project coordinator before the Czech Republic joined the European Union. Subsequently, she worked at the Ministry of Regional Development in the field of structural funds methodology and took part in the Robert Bosch Foundation's study programme at the Ministry of Economics in Berlin and at the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. In 2017 she returned to Gender Studies, where she led a team working on gender audits with employers, and in 2022 she became the director of the organisation.

Olga Maximová is the Head of Development at Czechitas. She oversees foundation, individual and corporate donors, and impact investor relationship programs. She is also a Governing Board member of the Czechitas Endowment Fund, which makes IT training even more accessible to economically disadvantaged women in the Czech Republic. Olga also serves as an active mentor with the international Femme Palette women's network and other local and national groups in the Czech Republic.

Zdeňka Trachtová is a Brussels correspondent for the Czech Radio. She focuses on politics of the European Union and NATO. She also covers course of events in Benelux. Before the Brussels mission, she had worked for several years as a political reporter for the Czech Radio in the Czech Republic. She is the co-author of the Bruselské chlebíčky podcast, which deals with current topics of European politics.

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