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gender equality – putting equal opportunities into practice

Below we provide a selection of our projects in the subject area Gender Equality either implemented by ÖSB Consulting or one of our associate companies.


Boys’ Day

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2015 – 12/2019

Client/Donor: Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection

Contract value: € 1.341.318

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this project is to encourage teenage boys to take up an “untypical male” profession, e.g. in the care or teaching sector. By doing so, it breaks with stereotypes on gendered professions. Male role models are actively involved in diverse information events and workshops, working directly with the target group as well as with multipliers and stakeholders, such as parents, teachers or youth coaches.


Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality

Country: European Union

Duration: 03/2019 – 03/2023

Client/Donor: European Commission

Contract value: € 697.800

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to strengthen mutual learning and the exchange of information on gender equality issues between EU Member States. The seminars support evidence-based policymaking and stimulate discussion between governmental and independent experts and stakeholders. They address issues such as equal economic independence, equal pay for equal work and work of equal value, equality in decision-making, and combatting gender-based violence.


Technical Assistance for “Increasing School Attendance Rates Especially for Girls”

Country: Turkey

Duration: 03/2015 – 05/2017

Client/Donor: European Commission

Contract value: € 4.580.559 (portion of ÖSB: € 595.473)

Implemented by: Ankon Consulting, FCG International Ltd., HIFAB International AB, ÖSB Consulting, SIPA

The aim of this project is to contribute to increasing attendance rates at all levels of education, especially the attendance rates of girls at secondary level for vocational schooling and training, and to bring students (especially girls) who are out of the education system back into the system. Services include e.g., capacity building, awareness-raising training, conducting surveys, organising meetings, and providing policy reports.


Fair Plus Cleaning – Promotion of female employees in the cleaning sector

Country: Austria

Duration: 08/2017 – 07/2019

Client/Donor: European Social Fund

Contract value: € € 865.341

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The outcomes and outputs of Fair Plus Cleaning include (1) a study on the actual situation of women in the cleaning sector, (2) the creation of possibilities for enhanced qualification and career planning in the cleaning sector, (3) enhanced work conditions, (4) the initiation of gender and diversity measures in the cleaning sector, and (5) business consultancy aiming at the promotion of women and equal opportunities.


Focus on equal pay: Income 4.0

Country: Austria

Duration: 08/2017 – 07/2019

Client/Donor: European Social Fund

Contract value: € 3.495.963 (portion of ÖSB: € 2.588.779)

Implemented by: Deloitte Consulting, bab, ÖSB Consulting

Equal Pay focuses on business consulting and gradual business support in addressing gender pay gaps, developing tools to enhance the fair assessment of labour input, transparent discussions on salary components, and the implementation of concrete action plans. It is based on legally required income reports (companies with more than 150 employees), but also on other motivating factors (for smaller companies).


Living Environment.Profession (Lebenswelt.Beruf)

Country: Austria

Duration: 08/2017 – 07/2019

Client/Donor: European Social Fund

Contract value:          € 1.962.933 (portion of ÖSB: € 573.383)

Implemented by: EB projektmanagement, Frau & Arbeit, ÖSB Consulting

This project addresses challenges related to achieving a work-life-balance with a focus on women. By analysing and addressing regions in the Provincial Government of Salzburg as well as companies, a variety of activities (awareness raising, advising, and the development of outcome-oriented approaches) should help to improve the compatibility of work and family life.


Youth, digitalisation and gender equality: qualitative research

Country: European Union

Duration: 10/2017 – 06/2018

Client/Donor: EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality)

Contract value: € 229.985

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

This study is based on focus group interviews with adolescents aged 15-18 and interviews with experts in the fields of digitalisation, youth and gender. It was implemented in 10 EU Member States. The qualitative research focused on (i) identifying and analysing gender-related opportunities created by digital technologies, (ii) identifying gender-related risks of digitalisation, and (iii) formulating policy recommendations in the field.