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About Project

Project partner

With its activities, the civil association "Freedom of choice" contributes to the creation of a society in which people will have real options of choice.

Description of the project

Slovakia received the overall score of 66.8 in the employment and work category of the European Institute for Gender Equality's annual Gender Equality Index. Women in Slovakia work for fewer years than men over the course of their lives. In Slovakia, men work for up to 37 years during their lives, while women work for only 32 years, which is still less than the EU average. In Slovakia, the majority of women work full-time. Part-time female workers are either unable to find a suitable full-time job or their employers are unwilling to allow them to work full-time due to a lack of work.

Objectives of the project

In Slovakia, the state of gender equality situation is not encouraging. Gender equality and its importance in the Slovak society is stagnating, and is largely influenced by stereotypes, prejudices, hoaxes and misinformation spread primarily online. As a result, the project focuses on raising awareness on gender equality among young people who are getting their first job experience (through education and youth work, communication campaign), mapping the state of gender equality in the workplace and the needs of vulnerable groups (through public consultations), sensitizing male and female employees working in the private sector (through training and adult work), and networking experts at national and european level to exchange good practice and support social innovations in the area of gender equality.

Results of the project

  • Public consultations with employees

  • Public consultations with employers

  • Communication campaign

  • Youth work and education 

  • Adult sensitization activities

  • International conference on gender equality and work-life balance

About Norwegian grants

The Norway Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. Through the Norway Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors, Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

 Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion.


The priorities for this period are:


#1 Innovation, Research, Education, Competitiveness and Decent Work

#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction

#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

 #4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights

#5 Justice and Home Affairs


All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

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