The University of Bordeaux implements an increased action plan for gender equality
The new action plan for gender equality at the University of Bordeaux was voted by the Board of Directors on June 21st 2022. This new plan supplements the current action plan for professional equality with a broader perspective. Details with Yamina Meziani, task officer for parity, equality and diversity.
This plan for gender equality is the result of collaborative work between the staff of the university community - formed into a committee for gender equality - and European partners. It meets the obligations defined by the Civil Service Transformation Law, and aligns with the expectations of the European Commission (Horizon Europe) and the ANR in terms of taking into account the dimensions of sex and gender in research and teaching.
This expansion is being carried out within the framework of the European project RESET - Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together, led by the Social Action and Societal Innovation Division of the University of Bordeaux. Their recommendations notably build upon a participatory diagnosis carried out in 2021, based on an analysis of data, a questionnaire for staff and focus group sessions.
The plan, organized according to four themes, strives to improve:
- recruitment, career evolution and coherence between professional and personal life
- access to leadership and decision making
- consideration of gender related aspects of research and knowledge transfer
- prevention and handling of discriminations, acts of violence, moral harassment and sexist behaviors.
This increased action plan will launch this year and run until October 2024. At this point, the RESET project will be revised and updated so as to ensure the continuity of institutional actions for equality and diversity as well as their long term installation within university practices.
Yamina Meziani, lecturer in sociology and task officer for parity, equality and diversity at the University of Bordeaux is delighted to see that "the question of gender equality is becoming an issue of general interest and not just for women, by women".
This plan is the result of a co-construction. It benefits from strong institutional support, which is essential for the entire community - staff, students and also partners. The university fulfills its societal responsibilities and must be exemplary.
Yamina Meziani — Task officer for parity, equality and diversity
For Yamina Meziani, the university must act at all levels. "The important aspect I would like to emphasize is taking charge of all the actors in a discriminatory situation: the victim in the first place of course, but also any witnesses and the author. We sometimes notice subtle discriminations, sometimes unintentional, that come from individual and collective representations that we must deconstruct. The university has a strong awareness-raising role to play, through the values it conveys".
“The comparative approach with European partner universities, thanks to the RESET project, allows us to have a snapshot at a given time and to examine discrimination issues arising from diversity”. Another topic carried by the parity, equality and divesity task officer.
Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together (RESET)
Led by a consortium of European universities, the Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together (RESET) project aims to place gender equality and diversity at the heart of scientific and academic policy-making.
The main objectives of RESET are:
- Increase the participation of women in research and innovation;
- Improve their career perspectives;
- Strive for gender balance in decision-making bodies;
- Include consideration of gender in the content of research, innovation and teaching;
- Implement a set of actions and tools that can promote examples of good practice at the level of the European Research Area.