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Gender mainstreaming of all Swedish universities

2016-01-25 13:14

The Swedish government has decided to mandate gender mainstreaming of all of the country’s higher education institutions, and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg has been commissioned to support the process.

‘It is important that all aspects of our academic institutions be subject to active gender equality work,’ says Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, in a debate article published in Metro.

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will receive 5 million SEK per year for four years to assist the institutions in their work.

The government’s letter of regulation instructs the country’s universities and university colleges to develop a plan for their gender mainstreaming efforts. The purpose is for the institutions to contribute towards the national gender equality objectives, for example with respect to gender equality in career opportunities, choice of education and graduation rates.

The established plans must specify the respective institution’s development needs, goals, and activities, as well as how it will make gender mainstreaming an integral component of its operations. The plans must be finalised by 15 May 2017 and the results of the work must be presented in the annual reports for 2017–2019.

Author Inga-Bodil Ekselius
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