EQUAL4EU organised the First Reflection Day, online, on 3/12/2020. This event was an opportunity for the partners to share conclusions from the first assessment of gender equality issues at their institution, learn from each other and discuss follow up actions that can lead to institutional change. The event was organised by ESMT and was open only to members of the consortium. 

The event went further than just emphasising the “problem”, The partners discussedthe opportunities that can arise from implementing the Gender Equality Plans, togetherwith actions that can reinforce positive change.

Zuzana Lisoňová, from the Department of Political Science of Univerzita Komenského,emphasised the importance of national policies for encouraging real change atinstitutional level. But we need to take a step further and talk about measures! MonicaPerez, Project Lead and Affiliate Professor at ESMT Berlin, referred to the fact that,often, Gender Equality policies are good in stating principles, but they rarely proposespecific measures or attempt to assess the impact they’ve had.

Tjaša Cankar proposed actions at policy level that EQUAL4EU will highlight:
✅ All currently informal Equality policies should be written down and be be formalised
✅ Gender Equality must be stated in the mission and vision of schools and universities
✅ Awareness-raising campaigns for staff and students must be more regular

When it comes to institutional policies, instead of just focusing on how to recruit morefemale faculty, we should put more effort into helping female professors progress intheir careers, instead of dropping out, according to Kaisa Snellman, Associateprofessor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD.

Joana Vassilopoulou from Rotterdam School of Management,
highlighted theimportance of structural embed and mainstream gender diversity into all humanresources processes.

Anna Gines Fabrellas, project coordinator and Associate Professor at ESADE, statedthat this first discussion and the diagnosis of the current situation of Gender Equality,reveals the need to improve the Gender Equality Plans. In 2021, EQUAL4EU will beable to provide a first glimpse on its approach for designing Gender Equality Plans forresearch performing institutions.

If you are interested in more details and insights, in the results, conclusions and recommendations from this first assessment, stay tuned while our partners put together the first report!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no GA872499.