fredag 21 augusti 2009

Internationell deklaration om jämställdhet i akademin

Jämibloggen publicerar den deklaration som togs av konferensen 6th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Stockholm:


PreambleThis Declaration was passed by the concluding Plenary Session of the 6th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, Stockholm, represented by delegates from 35 countries.
This declaration is addressed to the European Commission, national governments, heads of higher education institutions, educational and research establishments, and organisations and individuals who are responsible for ensuring equity in higher education. The Declaration complements existing charters and regulations regarding gender equity. The Declaration calls for action to improve gender equity in academic, administrative and executive leadership in higher education at all levels.
We acknowledge that significant progress has been made to promote gender equity in higher education in relation to student access. However, we are concerned that the low representation of women at all levels of higher education leadership and the cultures in our higher education institutions continue to contribute towards perpetuating old patterns of gender discrimination.
We believe that a focus on improving gender equity in higher education is one strategy, amongst others, to change prevailing institutional cultures into ones that are more inclusive and embracing of diversity.
Acknowledging that:
Issues of gender cannot be viewed in isolation
The experience of women in higher education is not homogenous
Higher education is both an agent and object of change
There are many women qualified to take on leadership roles
Improving gender equity across higher education leadership will both provide positive role models and bring additional perspectives and approaches to leadership, and thus impact on institutional cultures
We commit ourselves to significantly improving the representation of women in senior academic, administrative and executive leadership positions in all of our institutions.
We call on the government and other responsible organisations
- to promote equity at senior leadership levels
- to set targets (with timeframes) for the representation of women in senior positions in higher education.
- to monitor progress towards gender equity in leadership positions.
- to draw up National Plans of Action on women in leadership in higher education which would support institutional and sector-wide initiatives towards the attainment of the targets set for the representation of women in senior positions.
- We call on all higher education institutions to take action:
Commit to identifying institutional barriers to equity of participation and success in leadership and find innovative ways of addressing these impediments
Initiate annual monitoring and reporting to university Councils on gender equity across senior positions
Undertake an examination of university employment policies and their implementation, particularly as they impact on senior leadership positions
Promote and monitor fair and effective representation of women on senior committees and external bodies to which the university nominates members or representatives
Facilitate women’s participation in leadership development initiatives.
Promote a holistic, integrated and sustained approach to gender equity

This Declaration is based on the declaration drawn up and approved at the conference on institutional cultures and higher education leadership: Where are the Women?, Cape Town, South Africa, 28 March 2008.

8 August 2009
(Upplagd av A.O.)

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