Gender equality in academia and research (GEAR) action toolbox
When working towards institutional change in research organisations and higher education organisations, different areas and themes can be addressed in the gender equality plan (GEP) through specific initiatives. Depending on the needs of the organisation, it makes sense to focus on a combination of areas. The structure and content of the gender equality in academia and research (GEAR) action toolbox are strongly oriented towards the areas recommended by Horizon Europe, and descriptions strongly build on the Horizon Europe Guidance on Gender Equality Plans.
The five recommended areas are the following:
- Work-life balance and organisational culture
- Gender balance in leadership and decision-making
- Gender equality in recruitment and career progression
- Integration of the gender dimension into research and teaching content
- Measures against gender-based violence including sexual harassment
In addition, the action toolbox provides information and organisational practices on the following topics, which are also relevant for, or even required by, Horizon Europe:
- Measures mitigating the effect of COVID-19
- Data collection and monitoring (including evaluation)
- Training and awareness-raising
- GEP development and implementation
- Gender-sensitive research funding procedures
Note that the thematic areas addressed in the action toolbox are not mutually exclusive; rather, they overlap. For example, training can focus on how the gender dimension can be addressed in scientific research or in teaching.
For each thematic area, you will find suggested measures to implement in your GEP (where applicable), additional tips for the implementation of measures and a list of organisational practices for inspiration. Furthermore, you will find additional resources in the tabs ‘Videos and webinars’ and ‘Tools and resources’. Keep in mind that when you decide to implement measures, it is important to take into account your specific organisational context and features. What works well in one organisation might not be the best choice in another.
If you want to learn more about how you can adjust these measures for your own purposes and how to implement them through a GEP, go through the steps in the step-by-step guide for research organisations, universities and public bodies, or the step-by-step guide for research funding bodies. For definitions of specific methods and tools, have a look at the glossary of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
If you want to look for specific examples, you may use the search engine below and filter your search by type of organisation, country and action field:
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