At the heart of the guidelines is the Gender Equality Maturity Matrix which describes the different components of a maturity journey from awareness to transformation. Next page are two tables: one for individuals, one for organisations. Their structure is identical, only the wording is adapted to take into account the difference between an individual (“I”) and an organisation of community (“We”).
The maturity levels are steps towards the goal of Gender Equality in STEM education and careers — it could be generalised to Gender Equality, but the focus of the project is related to STEM.
For example, if you organise an awareness raising event, how will you measure the impact of that event? You should be able to tell how many people have participated, what was the impact on their understanding of the issue (awareness) and how this awareness will lead the participants to further action. While the number of participants can be an indicator of the quality of your communication, if those participants do not join or propose an initiative to go beyond the participation in an awareness raising event, the impact will be extremely limited.
Maturity Matrix and WISE Badges
WISE Badges are the milestones of the WISE Pathway. As one’s progress on the WISE Pathway, it is possible to claim badges to publicise one’s commitment to gender equality in STEM education and careers. The first badge on the pathway is WISE Supporter”, a badge anyone can claim to manifest its commitment to gender equality in STEM education and careers.
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