New learning project promoting women’s participation in politics
The Forum 50 % civic group promoting women’s participation in public life and politics has launched a new online learning project entitled “Otevrena Univerzita” or “Open University”. One of the principal aims of the projects is to improve the political culture in the Czech Republic and make it more attractive for women politicians. Milus Kotisova is one of the people behind the project.
Will the students receive any recognition, any diplomas?
“That’s a good question. We’ve had debates about this. And the decision is that no, the students won’t receive any certificate. The reason for this being that we are not an accredited institution. Also the purpose of this university is quite different; it’s non-hierarchical. Both tutors and students are on an equal footing. Tutors are also students at the same time while students are also tutors. We expect to be active and help improve the materials because the university offers a lot of courses that are currently not offered by any standard university.”
How will you find out whether the project is effective? Will you get any feedback?
Is this a first project of its kind or have you run similar projects in the past?
“In this form it’s definitely a pilot project. Nothing of this kind has been done in the Czech Republic before. But Forum 50 % that runs this project started politically empowerment workshops for women in 2006. So far we have organised eight workshops and they have been very successful. It’s obvious that it is very useful because a lot of women who took part in the workshops are now actively involved in politics.”