The scope of a gender equality plan may strongly vary, depending on the type of organisation, the institutional context in which it is implemented, the disciplines addressed or the type of gender biases and inequalities identified as part of the diagnosis.
Three objectives underpin the European Commission’s strategy on gender equality in research and innovation policy:
- fostering equality in scientific careers;
- ensuring gender balance in decision-making processes and bodies;
- integrating the gender dimension in research and
- innovation content.
Why is it necessary?
Both women and men are working in research organisations and higher education institutions, and they take up distinct roles, such as conducting research, teaching, managing staff and structures, or implementing procedures. At the same time, research and higher education institutions also work for people. While higher education institutions contribute to training future female and male professionals, research organisations investigate a diverse spectrum of topics that affect the lives of women and men.