“Equal for equal” is a class project, part of the Gender Studies course, where students of sociology and psychology, will be combined together to collect stories about how women and men experience their gender roles in the society. For 15 weeks of the second semester, students will bring real life stories into each class. For the first week we will create a set of questions that will be the same for each story. For this, we will ask the help and expertise of AWEN- a network of NGO-s that work in the field of protection of human rights, in particular of the rights of women and girls and whose main aim is the social, economic, cultural and politic empowerment of Albanian women. This partnership will have a twofold importance. Firstly, it will give information to students about the dynamics of problems that women face in the Albanian society and secondly it will facilitate the contacts with many women who would like to share their stories of success or failure with us and how they dealt with each of these situations; how they experience gender equality within their families, workplace and social relationships.
The basic procedures involved in carrying out fieldwork are to identify the area of interest, locate a suitable place to visit and to analyse the data obtained using suitable statistical strategies to interpret the findings of the research. That is why it is perfect for collecting stories.
Another important aspect of this class project is that it aims to be organized as an online platform. The students will create a Facebook page and each week this page will publish at least 3 stories, collected by students. Each story will be accompanied with a personal photo, of things they think are important to them. The most clicked story will be published in MAPO Weekend, in a special column, titled “equal for equal”. This will promote the project and the Facebook page will increase the chances for success of the project; firstly because students will be more motivated to combine field and virtual work; secondly it will increase the number of people who can join this project and in the future students themselves can write a complete project and apply for sponsorship.
At the end of the semester, students and the lecturer will organize a round table and, together with two or three consultants from AWEN will share their experience during this project and discuss innovation and sustainable development that this kind of project produces, especially in the field of gender, a topic that effects the lives of each of us, in all stages.