Privacy and Cookies Policy

Gender Equality in Schools is a partnership of nine organisations from nine different EU countries, as listed on the website. DECSY maintains this website on behalf of all the partners. This statement explains how DECSY and partners uses the personal information we collect from you when you visit our website . DECSY is the Data Controller for all personal information submitted through this website. You can contact us by using the details set out in section 7 below.

DECSY is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, number 1153377, registered office at Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, S1 4SE.

Please check this notice from time to time for any updates. This notice was last updated on 18 December 2020.

  1. Information about you we may collect and use
  2. Lawful basis
  3. How we use your personal information
  4. Sharing your personal information
  5. International Data Transfers
  6. Looking after your personal information
  7. Your rights
  8. Contact

1. Information about you we may collect and use

You may give us your name and contact information by:

  • filling in forms on our website
  • registering for or enquiring about our activities, events and services
  • contacting us through our website
  • reporting problems with our website.

You may provide your name, contact information and other personal information to us if you:

  • respond to our questionnaires
  • send us an email.

We may also receive information about you from third parties, for example from our service providers. When you visit our sites, we use third-party services to collect certain technical information from your device including standard internet log information i.e. Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, and page interaction information.

2. Lawful basis

If you voluntarily choose to provide your name and contact information in the ways listed above, we will rely on the legitimate interest condition to use any personal information so provided. We will consider any potential risks to you through our use of such personal information.

3. How we use your personal information

We may use the information you give us to:

  • provide you with the services and the information about our activities and events that you have requested
  • conduct surveys and process your response to any survey you participate in for research, evaluation and statistical purposes
  • ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you
  • otherwise communicate with you in connection with our aims and activities.

The technical information we collect when you visit our website is used for site administration and internal operations (i.e. troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes). This enables us to improve our website to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device, to allow you to participate in interactive features of our services when you choose to do so, and as part of our efforts to keep our website safe and secure.

4. Sharing your personal information

For the purposes described above, we may share your information with our service providers (such as Mailchimp), suppliers (such as our website designers and hosts), partners, associated organisations and agents.

DECSY and partners will not sell your personal information to third parties under any circumstances, nor do we permit third parties to sell on the personal information we have shared with them.

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information to third parties such as:

  • Should we merge with another organisation to form a new entity, your personal information may be transferred to the new entity.
  • For auditing purposes.
  • If we are under any legal or regulatory obligation to do so.
  • In connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.

5. International Data Transfers

We may transfer your personal information to organisations based outside the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). Please note that certain countries outside the UK or EEA have a lower standard of protection for personal data, including lower security protections.

Where your personal data is transferred, stored, and/or otherwise processed outside the UK or EEA in a country which does not offer an equivalent standard of protection to the UK or EEA, we will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that the recipient implements appropriate safeguards designed to protect your personal data (for instance, entering into the European Commission approved standard contractual clauses). If you have any questions about the transfer of your personal information, please contact us using the details in section 7 below.

6. Looking after your personal information

We securely store all personal information you provide to us. As the transmission of personal information via the internet is not completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk.

Once we have received your personal information, we will use appropriate procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

7. Contact

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the DECSY Administrator at

You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

Our website may contain links to and from the websites of third party affiliates. These websites have their own privacy policies which you are advised to read. We accept no responsibility or liability for such policies.


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You have a choice…

You have a choice as to whether or not you want to accept these useful cookies. Cookies are, by default, accepted by around 99% of web browsers, but you have the ability to change this within your browser settings. If you change the cookie settings you’re likely to experience a reduced user experience and reduced functionality on many websites. For more information about cookies and for details on how to remove them see

What Cookies do we use?

The cookies that we use on our website in most cases collect anonymous information in order to optimise our services.

What Cookies may be placed?

This Website may use the following types of cookies:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Analytical / Performance cookies

Google Analytics: This cookie allows us to see data on things like the number of users visiting our site, and the browsing behaviour of those visitors. This type of data will let us understand which parts of our site get the most users and traffic and which parts of the website are underperforming. All of the information gathered is completely depersonalised and will never be tracked back to individuals.

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visits to this website and to see how visitors move around this website when they are using it, so that we can improve how this website works. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Functional Cookies

Google AdWords: If in the future we may use the code provided by Google AdWords to better track how successful (or not so successful) our advertising through the AdWords platforms has been which allows us to better understand what our users want. For example, we are able to see from which one of our adverts you clicked on and, from which campaign you downloaded one of our PDF’s or became a new member.

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

Tailored Cookies

These cookies may be set by us or third parties and record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited, your progress in completing any forms on our site and the links you have followed. They may be used to build a profile of your interests and we may share this information with third parties for this purpose. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Gender Action is not responsible for the use of cookies by third parties, and users are encouraged to read the privacy statements of those third party service providers before using their services.

Social Shares: All of the social sharing features on our website set their own cookies (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube) so that we can track the social engagement.