GMA: Gender Mainstreaming in Academia

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has been commissioned by the Swedish government to support all state-funded higher education institutions as well as Chalmers University of Technology and Jönköping University in their gender mainstreaming efforts 2016–2017.

The government has requested that all state-funded higher education institutions in Sweden as well as Chalmers University of Technology and Jönköping University develop a gender mainstreaming plan 2016–2019. The purpose of the initiative is for the higher education sector to contribute towards the nationally declared gender equality objective of women and men having equal power to shape society and their own lives. The government identifies equal career opportunities in academia, the need to work against gendered education choices and improvements of women’s and men’s completion rates as particularly important areas. The plans shall also describe how gender equality will be integrated into the institutions’ everyday operations, such as in management processes. The universities and university colleges are to present their plans by 15 May 2017 and continuously report implemented measures and results to the government throughout the programme period.

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has been commissioned to support this work by assisting the institutions in all phases of the process until the end of 2017, by disseminating knowledge and best practice and by arranging network meetings at which the higher education institutions and other relevant actors can share experiences with each other. Thereafter, the commission will be placed on the new national authority for gender equality.

The support must be tailored to the needs of the recipients and therefore developed in dialogue with the institutions. At present, the Secretariat supports 60 government agencies within the framework of the government initiative Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies, including the Swedish Higher Education Authority, the Swedish Council for Higher Education, the Swedish Research Council, Forte, Formas, Vinnova, the Equality Ombudsman, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education and the National Board of Student Aid. The support of academic institutions will be coordinated with these and other government agencies with ties to the higher education sector.


Lillemor Dahlgren

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Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming Academia