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Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner
"Promoting gender Equality Through Empowerment and Mainstreaming"

Implementation Period: 25 March 2013 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €700 000

Project Manager: Helen Talalaev

The project “Promoting Gender Equality through Empowerment and Mainstreaming” will raise awareness of different actors on issues of gender equality and prohibition of discrimination as well as structural gender inequalities in the society. The project activities will enhance the protection against the sex/gender and multiple discrimination and have a positive impact on raising legal awareness on equal treatment of women and men bringing about a change in legal culture. The project arises out of the need to increase knowledge on the rights of citizens and the obligations of employers and state and local government bodies. It is designed to enhance the implementation of the Gender Equality Act (GEA) – the foremost legislation on equal treatment of women and men and mainstreaming gender equality.

The project will have two set of activities:
I increasing the effectiveness of legal protection against discrimination by raising rights awareness and helping victims of discrimination directly through strategic litigation as well as increasing the capacity of officials assisting discrimination victims;
II intensifying the promotion of gender equality and enhancing mainstreaming gender into policies and practises by various actors, especially in the public sector.

I Effective legal protection against discrimination – raising rights awareness and helping victims of discrimination

1. Raising rights awareness in order to implement the equal treatment principle 

  • Trainings will be organised for Labour Inspectorate and labour dispute committees as well as for employers on how to implement GEA.
  • Information materials (brochures and web materials) on equal treatment principle will be compiled and published. Special focus will be on minority communities and vulnerable social groups who are more likely to be victims of gender discrimination and multiple discrimination.
  • In 2013-2015 the engaged legal experts of the project will organise in each 15 county centres of Estonia one day counselling per year.
  • In 2013-2015 two specialised seminars per year will be organised for the Estonian professionals working with issues of gender inequality and discrimination as well as for the closest cooperation partners of the Commissioner’s office and the Ministry of Social Affairs. The seminars will host foreign experts and speakers.

2. Studying the prevalence of inequality and experiences of gender and multiple discrimination

The factual welfare of different social groups in Estonian society and incidences of multiple discrimination will be studied in the course of large-scale research, with an aim to detect the most vulnerable social groups (e.g. ethnic minority women and men with disabilities, sexual minorities belonging to an ethnic group etc.), their experiences of unequal treatment and other problems resulting in structural inequality. The research shall provide necessary data that will help form further policies on fight against discrimination and injustice.

3. Strategic litigation in discrimination cases

In order to improve the efficiency of legal remedies in gender discrimination cases, to provide exemplary court decisions that would impact the society concerning discriminatory practices and attitudes, the Commissioner will engage in strategic litigation. The Commissioner’s office will be responsible for choosing the cases that will be brought before the court, arranging legal help in proceedings (e.g. contracting out the litigation lawyers), providing expertise on anti-discrimination laws and organizing publication of the trial outcomes.

4. Training on remedying discrimination for psychologists and post-trauma counsellors

Trainings will be organised for psychologist and post-trauma and/or crises management personnel who work with victims of sex/gender and multiple discrimination.


II Promoting Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming

The Gender Equality Act stipulates that Estonian state and local government agencies shall systematically promote gender equality and take gender aspects into account in all their activities. For that purpose the information distribution will be improved as well as the expert aid will be offered for the ministries in the course of development of gender equality goals and plans and carrying out gender impact assessments.

Activities targeted to central government agencies

1. Providing assistance and counselling for the Estonian ministries in their work of gender mainstreaming

The Commissioner’s office will help Estonian ministries to carry out gender impact assessment in course of the legislative drafting and drafting of development plans in their area of governance. In course of the project ministries will receive assistance in order to formulate gender equality targets and indicators for the development plans.

For that purpose following activities are envisaged:

  • Contributing through the expert consultations to the meetings with the inter-ministerial working group of gender mainstreaming with the aim to develop gender equality targets and indicators for Estonian ministries and help the ministries to draw up gender equality plans and to share the knowledge on how to carry out gender impact assessment analysis. In addition to named meetings with the working group individual consultations with the ministries will be held with the view to assist their work in setting the targets, designing services, carrying out gender impact assessment and assessing the quality and relevance of gender impact assessment outcomes.
  • An information event for the senior management of the ministries will be held where the foreign experts from Nordic countries (Norway, etc.) on gender mainstreaming in governmental sector will hold a work shop on methods how to take into account gender in the work of a ministry and actively promote gender equality in the activities of the governmental body.
  • State agencies will be provided every second month with a e-newsletter on latest developments and news on gender equality and gender mainstreaming implementation practices. The newsletter will help the gender equality topic to become part of the agenda of the ministries and inspire them to improve their mainstreaming activities.
  • Publication of guidelines for state and local government officials with the aim to help them implement GEA and fulfil the legal duty to promote gender equality. Special focus of the guidelines will be on the practical implementation of gender mainstreaming methods.
  • Piloting gender mainstreaming tools and methods in the Ministry of Social Affairs. The aim of the pilot will be to test the methods of gender mainstreaming and gender impact assessment. In the course of the pilot the gender will be introduced in all stages of planning a policy, a programme or a measure in one governing area of the ministry. As a result of this pilot the description of gender mainstreaming processes is further detailed and there are guidelines and practical examples on how to take into account gender in planning and analysing processes.
  • Consultation and auditing the gender impact analyses conducted by the ministries in course of the legislative drafting and completion of development plans.

Activities directed to educational and research institutions

2. Academic activities in cooperation with the universities and/or other research institutions and academic journals on the female subjectivity 

According to GEA the educational and research institutions must promote gender equality by using study materials and conducting studies that promote gender equality. In Estonia the gender studies as a discipline remains un-institutionalised (there is no department nor possibility to major in gender studies in any Estonian university). In order to support gender researchers and their work an interdisciplinary (involving legal, medical, theological, literary etc. scholars) conference will be organized focusing on the female subjectivity. The conference and the conference publication will study the persistent mechanisms of power, subjection and gendered domination using methods of analyses from different academic fields etc.


Selection of Expected Outcomes

  • The awareness on legal remedies in discrimination cases, including the tasks of Commissioner is increased.
  • The awareness on GEA and Equal Treatment Act is increased thereby giving a stimulus to implementation of these acts. More discrimination disputes will be solved before the labour dispute committees and courts. 
  • The Commissioner’s office is in better position to fulfil its tasks stipulated by law.
  • Knowledge on structural gender inequalities and most vulnerable people in the society is improved.
  • The legal protection against gender and multiple discrimination is enhanced. 
  • There is a selection of priority areas of different ministries in their strategic documents where gender equality will be promoted. Also the guidelines are published to assist the public bodies in their gender mainstreaming activities.


Statistics Estonia
"increased Availability of Gender Pay Gap Statistics"

Implementation Period: 25. märts 2013 – 31. detsember 2015
Size of the grant: € 227 762

Kontaktisik: Urve Kask

The objective of the project is to implement the gender gap statistics into regular statistics and to start publishing annual data on the website of Statistics Estonia.  A new gender gap column will be created to the Social Life – Labor Market folder ( where it will be possible to follow the differences in the salaries of men and women. Also, additional information and related analyzes could be added to the same column which makes the data easily accessible to the consumers.

The administrative burden of the enterprises and individuals will not be increased during the implementation of the project. The objective is to introduce administrative data sources, first of all the data system of Estonian Tax and Customs Board, which will be linked to the annual data from the Labor Force Survey. The integrated database will be the base for the calculation of the gender gap and other complementary indicators.

Activities planned for 2013- 2015:

1. Implementation of new data sources

  • Introduction of the Tax and Customs Boards data set in order to acquire the gender gap data. Supplement the corresponding contract.
  • Personification of the Tax and Customs Boards data set. Validation of the consistency with the pay questions in the Estonian Statistics Labor Force Survey.
  • Analysis of the pay questions in the Labor Force Survey – the structure, missing answers and correspondence with the data from the Tax and Customs Board.
  • Composing of a methodical summary which will be published on the webpage of Estonian Statistics under
  • Compare the results with the data from structural survey of economic entities. Analyze the consistency and outcome.

2. To map the experiences of other countries when measuring the gender pay gap. Information events for consumers.

  • Find a foreign expert (preferably from a country where administrative data sources are used) who will give an overview of how the gender pay gap statistics is composed and which data sources are used.
  • Find an Estonian expert who has been previously actively engaged in the gender pay gap subject-matter and would give an evaluation of the data sources, data quality and the consistency of the different data sources.
  • Organize a seminar for Estonian consumers where the applicable data sources and the consistency of the different data sources will be introduced.
  • Organize a final seminar where the final results and analyzes will be presented.

3. Continuation of the previous analyzes of the gender pay gap subject-matter.

  • Organize procurement for the execution of a regression analysis. It should continue the previous analysis ordered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and assure the retrieval of the time-series data for the intermediate years and the application of the same method for further evaluation.
  • Composing the analysis and publishing the outcome.

4. Monitoring the gender pay gap and composing additional indicators.

  • Organize a discussion with the consumers to map the need for additional indicators and publish them in the database of Estonian Statistics.
  • Compose a list of additional indicators, the methodology for each indicator and the regularity of their publication.
  • Calculate additional indicators and if possible apply them to previous years (depending on the possibilities of the data sources).

Selection of the expected results

  • Additional data sources have been applied to produce annual statistics of the gender pay gap.
  • A methodical summary has been published where an excellent overview of the data quality, contents of the composed database and consistency of different databases will be given to the consumers.
  • A follow-up analysis has been published on the basis of the regression model concerning the origination and causes of the gender pay gap.
  • Additional gender pay gap indicators have been introduced. For each indicator the regularity of monitoring has been set and the methodology and the algorithm have been composed.
  • Additional indicators have been analyzed and published.

Estonian Women’s Associations Roundtable Foundation
"GOAL - Integrating Gender into Teacher Education and Training"

Implementation Period: 2 January 2014 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €224 808

Project Manager: Tiiu Soans

SIHT translates into Estonian as objective/goal/target. It suggests that the project, which consists of integrating the gender perspective into teacher education and training, has a very clear focus and goal. 


The objective of the project is to promote gender equality through integrating the gender perspective into teacher education and training, raising gender awareness of teacher educators and practicing teachers and developing a comprehensive system of support to achieve the objective. 

Activities for 2014-2015 include:

  • conducting quantitative and a qualitative surveys among teacher educators at the University Tartu and Tallinn University as well as pre-school and vocational education teachers; 
  • analysing and presenting survey results, writing and publishing scholarly articles;
  • analysing teacher training courses curricula in terms of incorporation of the gender perspective, identifying gaps;
  • based on the above, making suggestions for (elective, optional) course development on gender issues at Tallinn University and the University of Tartu, development of training programmes, methodological guides, study materials concerning other levels of general and vocational education;
  • providing in the Winter School format training for teacher educators (Tallinn University, University of Tartu) and project partners with the Norwegian expert, transfer of Norwegian expertise;
  • delivering specialist in-service gender training for pre-, general education and vocational schools’ teachers  across Estonia, developing resepective course programmes and study materials;
  • organising a study tour to Norway to explore Norwegian developments and best practice (visiting a university, ministries, school/gymnasium);
  • developing a web portal (virtual centre of expertise) for academic and educational staff, gender research experts, policy-makers, stakeholders etc for easy access to conceptual and normative frameworks, policy documents, good practice, tools, teaching methods, methodological guidelines, handbooks, etc on the theme gender and education, incl those to be developed under the project framework by project partners;
  • disseminating widely information on project activities and results, incl by involvement of project direct and indirect target groups and the media throughout the project implementation period;
  • establishing and strengthening networks and cooperation involving key players, relevant institutions and project partner organisations.

Target groups

  • Direct beneficiaries: academic staff involved in teaching future teachers at Tallinn University and the University of Tartu; future teachers; practicing pre-, general education and vocational schools’ teachers; professionals holding management posts in educational establishments; gender research experts.
  • Indirect beneficiaries: students across all school levels; educational authorities;  policy designers, stakeholders in the field of education, wider public interested in promoting the gender and education agenda.

Expected results

  • Higher education level: Gender awareness, knowledge and training needs of teacher educators for incorporating gender in teaching and course development (BA and MA levels) determined; conclusions from surveys drawn, pre-service teacher education curricula analysed forming basis for elective/optional course syllabi development; syllabi developed, training materials prepared;  scholarly articles  on survey results written; methodological guidelines for student teaching practice at school supplemented by the gender aspect; methodological materials prepared and made available on the web portal created;
  • Pre-school and vocational education level: survey on gender awareness, knowledge and training needs of teachers for incorporating gender in teaching conducted; proposals for training programmes made; training programmes and study materials elaborated;
  • Teacher training conducted (at least 500 participants on all school levels: pre-, general education, vocational);
  • Norwegian expert knowledge transferred to teacher educators and project partners; Norwegian good practice introduced and incorporated;
  • Web portal (a virtual centre of expertise) created containing materials on the topic of gender and education, incl documents on the normative background like international instruments and national legislation; research finding, scholarly articles, methodological guidelines, manuals, study aids for the  inclusion of the gender perspective in curriculum/course development on all levels of education; links have been provided to relevant Norwegian and European websites and resources; links created to other Estonian education portals;
  • A network of key actors/institutions/organisations promoting gender in education established.

All the above constitutes a solid base for a comprehensive system for promoting gender equality in education and society generally in Estonia. 


  • Tallinn University, Institute of Educational Sciences
  • Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT) 
  • University of Tartu, Faculty of Social Sciences and Education, Institute of Education, Centre for Educational Research and Curriculum Development 
  • Union of Estonian Pre-School Teachers
  • KUN, Gender Equality Centre, Norway

Praxis Centre for Policy Studies
"Gender equality programme for social sciences and teacher education programme students"

Implementation Period: 1 November 2013 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €180 677

Project Manager: Helen Biin


The objective of the project is to promote gender equality in Estonia through mainstreaming the gender equality into higher education. The main outcome of the project is a gender equality study programme to be integrated into the programmes of social sciences and teacher education.

Target groups

  • Future teachers are chosen to be a target group in order to make the school education more gender neutral, reduce gender discrimination and inequalities and change the circle of socialization which is guided by gender stereotypes and gendered expectations to the children. Also, training is provided to teachers and school managers. 
  • The second target group, the students of social sciences is selected due to the fact that graduates of social sciences are future decision-makers, employers and other experts. By providing these future specialists with gender equality knowledge and skills to analyse everyday life from gender perspective, helps to reduce reproduction of stereotypes and gender inequality in the labour market, policymaking and other fields of life. 

About the study programme

The study programme is designed to be knowledge based and tested. The project involves a study of students in order to find out the level of knowledge they have regarding gender equality issues and also their attitudes and the level they support gender stereotypes. This will be the main starting point for the study programme. 

Secondly, the study programme will be tested in the universities to see if it meets the needs and situation of the students, both in terms of the content, but also in terms of study methods and other aspects of the programme. The participants of the test course will be surveyed before and after the course in order to get feedback, but also in order to see the change in the level of knowledge and possible shift in the attitudes. After testing the programme, necessary adjustments and changes will be made. 

The programme will be, on the other hand, based on theoretical knowledge and international experiences, and on the other hand it will base itself on Estonian local situation and country specificities. The study programme will utilize as much as possible Estonian research, data, study materials and guidelines that have been published. Also the programme will seek a balance between theoretical approaches and practical skills that can be put in use both at school lessons, at job interviews, policy making and other everyday life situations. 

The current higher education lacks systematic approach to gender studies and the educational system reproduces gender inequality. Integrating gender perspective into the educational system through introducing the subject into the university programmes is mentioned as a priority also in action plan to reduce the gender pay gap.


NGO Responsible Business Forum
"Developing a support mechanism for enterprises that promote work and family life balance"

Implementation Period: 1 November 2013 - 30 November 2015
Size of the Grant: €170 000

Project Manager: Heidi Solba


The aim of the Project is to improve the situation of work and family life balance among the employees of Estonian enterprises. 

To that end a series of activities are planned including:

  • a development programme for employers
  • seminars with expert speakers
  • a study visit to Norway and one-on-one meetings with mentors
  • a series of conferences and seminars to a wider audience of employers  and  employees
  • a  survey  and  a  media  campaign  for  employers  and employees
  • a seminar for journalists
  • creation of a new website including an online survey and materials

Expected outcomes

  • The expected outcomes include:
  • a change of the work family life and gender balance discourse within society;
  • a more flexible work environment for employees (especially those with care responsibilities);
  • a group of employers who have tried out a series of work family life balance activities within their enterprises and continue to implement them and a media space where topics such as work life balance, gender equality and sustainable business are adequately and frequently addressed.

Project partner

  • KUN, Gender Equality Centre, Norway

Tallinn University of Technology
"Efficiency and equity in matching pre-schools (i.e. kindergartens) and children: mechanism design approach (EEMD)"

Implementation Period: 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €170 000

Project Manager: Kaja Lutsoja

The gender wage-gap in Estonia has been stably high during recent decades.  In families with children the gender differences are reflected mainly by a relatively low female employment rate.  Unequal distribution of responsibilities concerning childcare is one of the main nuisances within the complex set of problems that hinder work-life balance, i.e. balancing the professional and private lives of the families with under-aged children. Unequal division of care burdens between women and men are explained by shortages of affordable and high-quality childcare possibilities, by relying on conventional ‘male bread-winner model’ and distribution of child care responsibilities to the partner who has no comparative advantage in the labour market.


Our aim is to work out measures within the framework of modern family policies that interrelate labour-market and family oriented political measures.  Our project aims at creating a mechanism that allows transparent and equal distribution of publicly provided nursery and kindergarten places. Positive discrimination of less-advantaged families and other political priorities (e.g. minimal walking distance or siblings) are worked out together with experts and partners and implemented as inputs for technical solution.  Designed matching mechanism will consider both political priorities and intrinsic features of the mechanism, such as efficiency, strategy-proofness and envy-freedom.

The following main activities are carried out during the project:

  • the wider explanation of current problems and their connections with female employment, wage gap and career planning;
  • informing the public about alternatives (i.e. central allocation mechanisms, autonomous decentralised mechanism, etc.) and their pros and cons concerning the impact on the families every-day lives;
  • working our political priorities and transforming the preferences to parents into good technical matching solution.  

The final product of the project is the application of the matching mechanism (algorithm).  The technical solution together with know-how needed for implementation is delivered to the participating local municipalities.

Project partners

  • Association of Estonian Cities
  • Telemark University College, Norway

University of Tartu
"GenSchool – Fostering gender awareness in general education schools"

Implementation Period: 1 September 2014 - 28 February 2016
Size of the Grant: €42 402

Project Manager: Inga Kukk

Gender equality is one of the core values in Estonian national curriculum. However, gender neutral education has not ensured equal opportunities for boys and girls: educational outcomes of girls are better, drop-outs rate is higher among boys; income rates on the other hand are paradoxically higher among men, and the career choices of youth are rather gender based. Research shows that teachers lack awareness and knowledge to tackle the issues of gender equality in schools, and it can result in reproduction of gender stereotypes and discrimination.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of gender aspects in teaching and school organisation at practical level and to promote of gender equality as a part of whole school development. 

Project activities consist of    

  1. 3 regional theme seminars for 80 teachers of human studies and career coordinators from Estonian general education schools. 
    During the seminars, teachers will learn to notice gender aspects in education and get an introduction to methods for promoting gender equality in everyday school life. The aim is to motivate them to continue self-reflection and development.
  2. applying the "learning community" method in 4 general education schools during the 2014/2015 school year. 
    Experts will support the activities of teachers' learning communities (teacher teams) and students' counsels regarding gender awareness and promotion of gender equality. Teachers and school heads analyse current situation at school and classroom level, set goals, choose methods of intervention, implement and evaluate. Students are supported to plan and organise school based event(s) to raise gender awareness and break gender stereotypes. 
  3. dissemination of good experience and practice from learning communities (stories, process and case descriptions, methodological and practical advice) via the project's website (incl. photos, videos) and the final event (day of good practice). 

The project enables to raise awareness among 80 key persons, as teachers of human studies and career coordinators have vital role in promoting gender awareness and equality via their subject and role in schools. The project is innovative due to the whole school development perspective and the integration of gender equality issues with other aspects of educational innovation (gender mainstreaming). Also, we will give an active role in planning and implementing project activities to the ultimate target group of education – the students.  

The project enables to strengthen existing and build new networks between the Centre and schools, teachers of human studies and career coordinators.

Project Partners

  • Estonian PSHE Association
  • Innove Foundation

BPW Estonia
"Equal rights, duties, opportunities and responsibility for women and men"

Implementation Period: 1 October 2014 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €48 403

Project Manager: Lee Murrand

The aim of the project is to promote gender equalities through empowering women and strengthening the capacity of the organisation networks in the society. To achieve this the following activities are implemented in the framework of the sustainable and valuable development program:

  1. open in-hall training to raise the public awareness about the need and possibilities to decrease the economic and social disparities
  2. women leaders training programme to develop leadership skills
  3. building up Lean-In Circles for women. Circles are inspiration groups to learn and share together that are supported by the internet environment.

The main target groups are women in the labour market, combining work-life balance, and students of the Estonian Business School, the potential future leaders. 

As a result of the project, BPW Estonia as a national network of business and professional women in Estonia, will become an even more professional source and promoter of women leaders in the society and will be able to provide better input to policymaking and impact changing the attitudes and norms in the society. 

The Estonian Business School (EBS) is an official partner of the project. This project will be implemented in tight cooperation with Estonian and Norwegian experts, business and professional women network BPW Follo Norway, networks and many other non-profit organsastions in Estonia.

Project partner

  • Estonian Business School 

Tallinn University
"Supporting the career tracks of female researchers in the academia"

Implementation Period: 1 September 2014 - 31 December 2015
Size of the Grant: €49 921

Project Manager: Maaris Raudsepp

The project aims to contribute to enhancing the careers of young female researchers and it is carried out in the partnership of four major Estonian universities, led by Tallinn University.

Planned activities include studying the current practices of recruitment and promotion in the universities involved in the project, mapping best practices from abroad (especially Norwegian) on how to advance the careers of young female researchers in the academia, interviewing young female academics (and to compare, also young male academics) to establish difficulties that they experience in their careers, setting up an inter-university network to tackle the issues of gendered recruitment and promotion in the academia, and planning and testing measures to help the advancement of careers of female academics.

The measures will be implemented in Tallinn University. The project helps universities as large employers in Estonia to fulfill their legal obligation to follow and promote the principles of equal treatment, and it should therefore be of interest to the universities involved (and other higher education institutions in Estonia) to continue developing solutions proposed by the project.

Project partners

  • University of Tartu
  • EB Education (Estonian Business School)
  • Tallinn University of Technology

Women's Support and Information Centre
"Protection of the interests of single parents – poverty reduction of the weaker part of the society"

Implementation Period: 1 October 2014 - 31 March 2016
Size of the Grant: €35 974

Project Manager: Sirje Otstavel

The main goals of the project

  1. Development and capacity-building of participating NGOs.
  2. Promoting gender equality in the Estonian society by reducing the poverty of mothers and children.
  3. Improving the enforcement of child maintenance obligations, through changes in both legislation and societal attitudes.

Expected outcomes

  1. By 2016, the Estonian society recognizes better that to achieve gender equality, it is necessary that both parents of a child fulfill their legal obligations.
  2. Steps have been taken to make changes in legislation to improve single parents to receive alimony.
  3. Whole issue is better acknowledged both with direct and indirect target groups.

A working (pressure) group will be formed at the beginning of the project and operated throughout. The group will includes representatives from partner organizations and different experts. Key activities of the group will include: 

  1. Gathering information about best practices in other countries. 
  2. Analyzing the current Estonian system and identifying problematic areas.
  3. Developing recommendations on how to improve the system for obtaining child support.
  4. Engaging in lobbying and meeting with relevant policy makers and public administrators.  
  5. Raising the issue of child support in media through opinion articles and other unique ways to ensure that relevant cases are covered. 

Awareness raising events will also be held for policy makers, the general public and single parents to educate them about the issue. 

The range of activities are based on the need to consolidate all stakeholders who come into contact with the poverty of single parents. All these parties can form an effective group to raise the advocacy capacity of the applicant.

Necessity for the project

  • Estonia ranks as one of the worst in Europe regarding single parent poverty. Data from a few years back revealed that: 
    • Over 50% of single mothers were at constant risk of falling into poverty. 
    • Slightly over 40% of single fathers were in the same position.
  • The risk of poverty in Estonia has significantly increased due to the gender wage gap which is the highest in EU.
  • Bailiffs have 12 000 cases dealing with alimonies out of with only 550 will be resolved within a year.

Project partners

  • NGO "Single Parent"
  • The Estonian Chamber of Bailiffs and Trustees in Bankruptcy;
  • Tähtvere Women's Shelter

 The Center of Excellence in School Improvement Foundation
"Creating gender-sensitive development environments at home and in classrooms"

Implementation Period: 1 September 2014 - 29 February 2016
Size of the Grant: €50 000

Project Manager: Ester Aunin

The overall objective of the project is to increase the training capability, effectiveness and co-operation of The Center of Excellence in School Improvement Foundation and MTÜ Perekoolitusühing Sina ja Mina to promote gender equality.

As a result of this project, the awareness of gender-related topics will increase among different target groups (educators, parents, trainers and counselors), and a broad-based and sustainable program will be created, which allows participants to gain practical skills and favorable attitudes towards gender-sensitive development environment for boys and girls.

The innovativeness of the project lies in its broad and systematic approach to creating gender-sensitive development environments. Educational staff, parents and other interested members of the community are all involved in programs aimed at shaping the attitudes and skills of adults surrounding boys and girls with different development needs.

Project partner

  • Family-­Training Association "You and I"


NGO Oma Tuba
"A voice of one’s own"

Implementation Period: 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2015
Size of the Grant: €49 990

Project Manager: Nele Laos


The long-term objective of the project is to increase public support and awareness of gender equality by empowering the visibility and number of opinion leaders in this area. The main goal of the project is to increase gender-balanced perspectives in public discussions, including the media, in Estonia. This perspective will include, but is not limited to, gender-based impact analysis, views of gender and sexual minorities, personal narratives of previously stigmatised groups. 

It is important that such discussions include a multitude of views, use everyday language (as opposed to the current specialist view) and rely on quality of arguments. To achieve that, our direct goal is to improve the communications capabilities of the organizations involved (A Room of One’s Own, Estonian Women’s Associations Roundtable, Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre, Estonian LGBT Association and Estonian Human Rights Centre) in particular in the areas of public communication (media, social media) and create a platform to be heard. 

Expected outcomes 

  • A communication platform in the form of a blog about gender equality topics has been created and sustained. The blog is linked with mainstream media outlets and its contents are routinely communicated to a wide mass-audience in Estonia. 
  • The communication capabilities of the organizers and organisations involved in the project has improved and they are able to influence public opinion and policymakers.
  • The media and the general public have an increased understanding and awareness about gender equality. The media will seek more gender-balanced perspectives and turns to an increased number of opinion leaders in the area. 
  • A platform consisting of a blog and supporting social media accounts that routinely is quoted by mainstream media and can successfully nurture new opinion leaders. The organizations involved will be able to participate in public discussions to offer balanced messages. 
  • The media is more willing and capable of including a gender equality perspective; they have an access to a range of sources and perspectives. 

Planned actions 

  • Creating and running a blog and social media accounts which cover gender equality topics in a balanced way. This blog will use accessible language and humour as appropriate. 
  • Training gender equality activists and advocacy organizations involved in public communication and media work. These practical hands-on trainings will focus on concrete actions to increase the visibility of a gender-balanced view. 
  • Creating shared communication guidelines, standards and talking points to allow the organizations to become proactive agenda-setters with a shared rhetoric of gender equality and inclusiveness. 

Project partners

  • Estonian Women's Association's Roundtable
  • Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre
  • Estonian LGBT Association
  • Estonian Human Rights Centre

Estover OÜ
"Mouse Cheezo Playroom"
Implementation Period: 8 October 2015 - 15 April 2016
Size of the Grant: €19 000
Project Manager: Tiin Metsalu

The objective of the project is to render the organization more child-friendly and family-oriented. This will allow the employees to reconcile their work and family duties more effectively. Another objective is to lever the former to change the community’s attitudes towards employees with children.
The presence of a children’s playroom within an organization enables to cut down on employee absence days by allowing parents to bring their child to work. A diverse selection of educational toys and games gives the parent a sense of security and the knowledge that the child is in a safe place and has something to occupy him/herself with while the parent is at work.

As a result of the project:

  • the employer demonstrates the value of the employees’ work and family life balance. We give our staff a way to focus on their work even if they would otherwise need to stay home from work with children.
  • parents (and grandparents) can focus on their work without neglecting their parental duties.
  • The project will set a good example for other businesses and members of society by contributing to the welfare of our employees.

The target groups of the project are the employees of the companies participating in the project and their children. The implementation of our project will encourage other enterprises nearby to invest in children’s playrooms or, if possible, to join an existing project. Having the playroom at the same territory as the company’s premises allows to enliven the industrial area and to increase the local social activity through the joint activities of parents and children.

Project partners:

  • Estover Piimatööstus  OÜ
  • Deline OÜ

NGO BPW Estonia
"Work and Life Balance Toolkit for Companies on Bases of Skype "
Implementation Period: 15 September 2015 - 15 March 2016
Size of the Grant: € 19 989
Project Manager: Lee Murrand

The purpose of the project is to develop a toolkit to facilitate work and life balance, linking them to corporate image-building and improved competitiveness by example of one company (Skype). Project supports the attempt of ITC sector towards gender equality among its employees. Resulting materials that will later on be added to the project-related subpage of the homepage of BPW Estonia and are available to wider public, increase the organisational capability to improve working environment and quality of life through supporting the balance of work, family and personal life after implementation of the project.

Implementation of the project will:

  • improve the understanding and awareness of undertakings, managers and employees of how better work and life balance helps to increase work efficiency and profitability in the long run (benefits for company and employees)
  • create practical guidelines for Estonian enterprises to improve their reputation and branding by mapping the opportunities of the company and the needs related to reconciliation of work and family life of employees
  • increase pool of sharing good practices of work and family life and implementation thereof in companies (by example of Skype)

Project contributes to reducing gender segregation on the labour market. Project activities will also help to break employers’ discriminating attitude towards young women and parents, reduce employees’ risk of burnout, and create balanced and sustainable value added for Estonian companies.

Direct target groups of the project:

  • Employers and contractors, who wish to learn about the opportunities for better reconciliation of work and family life, and its positive impact on both parties;
  • Managers and employees of Skype, who will learn about the opportunities for better reconciliation of work and family life, and how it can benefit themselves and the company;
  • Non-profit associations involved in the project, who benefit from learning about reconciliation of work and family life and, where possible, share relevant materials through their contacts.

Indirect target group: the general public – entire population of Estonia, partaking in the project via project sub-page on BPW Estonia homepage.

Project partner:

  • Skype Technologies OÜ

Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
"Academy for Children"
Implementation Period: 8 October 2015 - 15 April 2016
Size of the Grant: € 19 000
Project Manager: Elina Orumaa

Project supports the employees and cadets of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (EASS) in performing the duties related to their children and grandchildren, to help employees and cadets to maintain work and family life balance. Special attention is paid to the activities intended for EASS employees and cadets who are fathers, in order to support them in taking greater role in raising children to contribute to gender equality in their family. Project support is used to establish for school holidays an internal security themed city camp for the children of EASS employees and cadets attending elementary school, and to acquire various internal security themed supplies and games intended for children aged 2 – 10 years, which the children of employees and cadets can use while their parents are engaged in their place of work or study.

Expected project outcome:

  • establishment and testing of internal security themed 3-day autumn and winter academy for children (essentially a city camp) in autumn semester of academic year 2015/2016, sample curriculum of internal security themed city camp has been prepared
  • acquisition of outdoors playground for pre-schoolers and elementary school children of employees and cadets, erected on the territory of EASS Tallinn centre, and that can be relocated on the territory if necessary
  • acquisition of various internal security themed toys used for furnishing one of the lecture halls at EASS Tallinn centre as playroom for children, which also functions as a place for long day group. After the project has ended, the play supplies can be used at various children’s events organised by EASS (incl. Toddler Academy, day-care for summer and winter academy, children’s camp)

Direct target group of the project: EASS employees (300) and cadets (927). Considering that the supplies acquired in the course of the project can be used during and after the project by the children of all EASS employees and cadets, there is no reason to leave anybody out of the target group.
Indirect target group: employees of EASS employer-institutions (Police and Border Guard Board, Rescue Board, Rescue Service, prisons, Tax and Customs Board, Ministry of Internal Affairs, etc.)


Estonian Human Rights Centre
"Work-Life Balance as a Way to Secure Equal Treatment in the Labour Market "
Implementation Period: 8 October 2015 - 15 April 2016
Size of the Grant: € 16 200
Project Manager: Kelly Grossthal

The project adds a work-life balance aspect to the activities of the Estonian Diversity Charter network. The network connects 57 employers with a total of thousands of employees. Adding the aspect of work-life balance through different activities guarantees more equal opportunities in the labour market for multiple population groups, be it new parents or people who provide care for elderly family members.

The objective of the project is to introduce the topic of work-life balance into the activities and strategy of the Diversity Charter connecting Estonian employers. By joining the Charter, signatory enterprises and organisations have taken up the obligation to promote a culture where people enjoy equal opportunities and a respectable work environment. The topic of work-life balance helps a number of groups, such as women, parents of small children, parents with large families, but also caretakers for less able family members, enter and make progress in the labour market.

The main outcome is preparing a strategy on whether and how to promote the topic within the Charter network and how and to what extent to cooperate with other organisations with a broad existing experience and knowledge in the field (such as Responsible Business Forum in Estonia). Cooperation is certainly necessary to avoid duplication of work and rather share information, include partners and avoid reinventing functions already in existence in Estonia.
An additional outcome is organising events where interested parties can find information on the subject. The diversity plan – the most important tool of the businesses active in the field of diversity –will be supplemented with the addition of the work-life balance field.


Trev2- Group
"Children’s Room"
Implementation Period: 12 October 2015 - 15 March 2016
Size of the Grant: € 18 809
Project Manager: Mari-Liis Kreem

The objective of project  is to provide the employees with confidence that their children are in a secure place both after school and in other times, where they can wait for their parents until going home. At the same time, the children can do homework, play and/or rest without disturbing other employees. Premises will be adjusted for children’s needs and can be used at other times as well, e.g. during school holidays. Children’s room has no adult supervision and is therefore not suitable for pre-school children.

Primary project beneficiaries are employees of TREV-2 group – parents and grandparents – but also their children. A specially furnished room will give the children freedom to do homework, play and rest. Parents/grandparents can focus on their work duties and do not have to worry whether and where their children wait for them. Indirectly, this benefits also other employees, who are no longer disturbed by children who have come to the office to wait for their parents.

Project partner:

  • Teede REV-2




Viimati uuendatud: 8. detsember 2015