• Rationale for gender equality change in research and higher education institutions

    Main section Videos and webinars Tools and resources Setting up and implementing a gender equality plan (GEP) requires strong arguments about the benefits of working towards gender equality in research and innovation (R & I). These supporting arguments are of different nature and outreach. They can be combined in different ways to build the case for gender equality within your...

  • Success factors for gender equality plan development and implementation

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources A number of elements can be pointed out as supporting gender equality work in research organisations and research funding bodies. These are success factors for effective and sustainable change. When these success factors are present in an organisation, the efforts towards gender equality are more likely to succeed. Promote gender equality plan...

  • Work-life balance and organisational culture

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources A key component of the transformation of an organisation’s culture for advancing gender equality is work–life balance. Work–life balance is relevant for all members of staff and involves ensuring that everybody is properly supported to advance their career alongside personal responsibilities that they may hold outside the workplace, including caring responsibilities. It...

  • Gender balance in leadership and decision making

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources Efforts to promote gender balance in leadership and decision-making have been undertaken in numerous countries. However, despite the policies and measures taken, data shows that women remain under-represented in academic and administrative leadership and decision-making positions in universities and research institutions across Europe. For example, according to She Figures 2021 observed that...

  • Gender equality in recruitment and career progression

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources As summarised in a 2018 policy brief by the European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, various studies have shown the existence (and persistence) of implicit gender bias in the evaluation of research and performance. Different gender roles are associated with women and...

  • Integration of the sex/gender dimension into research and teaching content

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources The inclusion of the sex/gender dimension means that differences, whether biological or social, are taken into account in research and teaching. Our knowledge is the basis on which future generations will build their societies. It is therefore crucial that the knowledge that is created through research and transferred through education is free...

  • Measures against gender-based violence including sexual harassment

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources The field of research and innovation (R & I) is not immune to sexual and gender-based violence, but this issue tends to be underestimated in research organisations and research funding bodies. There is evidence that gender-based violence and sexual harassment are widespread in public institutions and universities, but this is not based...

  • Measures mitigating the effect of COVID-19

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources As you may have learnt in the step-by-step guide, gender equality measures should always consider the context of the organisation . This also includes the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on practices and operations. Most human organisations, research organisations and research funding bodies have been severely affected by the health, economic...

  • Data collection and monitoring

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources Gender equality plans (GEPs) or any other gender equality ad hoc initiatives need to be grounded in evidence. Before you can plan any measures, you need to know how your organisation is doing regarding gender equality and which areas you need to focus on. This initial assessment of the status quo of...

  • Training: awareness-raising and capacity building

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources In order to initiate a structural change process towards better gender equality in an organisation, awareness of gender inequality and knowledge about gender issues in management, but also in the workforce, is of central importance (see success factors ). Awareness-raising efforts aim to generate and stimulate sensitivity to issues related to gender...

  • Gender Equality Plan development and implementation

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources In this section of the action toolbox, we highlight two fields of action that we consider crucial for the development and implementation of a gender equality plan (GEP), and which have the character of a cross-cutting issue: engaging stakeholders; developing structures to support gender equality work. Engaging stakeholders An effective GEP is...

  • Gender-sensitive research funding procedures

    Main Section Videos & Webinars Tools & Resources Gender equality plans (GEPs) of research funding bodies should, on the one hand, address internal stakeholders and processes, similar to research-performing organisations (internal career development, internal decision-making and leadership, internal sexual harassment policies). On the other hand, external stakeholders and the whole funding cycle need to be addressed from a gender perspective...