Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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MENESR (France)

by Federico Zemborain - published on , updated on

MENESR (France)

In 2001, at the instigation of the European Union and the European Social Fund particularly, a structure within the Ministry for Research was created on parity in science and technology. The main focus of this structure was, at the time, the lack of attractiveness of science careers and hard sciences in general for female students.
The main actions were therefore destined to provide young women with role models and to raise awareness. The Irene Joliot-Curie award was then launched as a way to promote women scientists but also women involved in positive actions towards other women and particularly students or young researchers. In 2009, the Ministry created a Strategy and Territory Coordination Unit in order to accompany the changing landscape of universities which got autonomous in 2007. Within this Unit, the Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Office was created. Up to today the Office has been addressing issues related to gender research and gender equality, disability, and discriminations linked to sexual orientations and age. The Office is also setting up procedures, coordinating policies at the national level and devising action plans at interministerial level. The Ministry also created an Equal Opportunities and Students’ Life Department which more specifically targets students.

The objective of gender policies in the Ministry is to mainstream gender policies and issues within all Higher Education and Research in national and EU positions. To do so it has decided on addressing the situation globally, working on •the attractiveness of science careers (collaboration with associations working with high school students and young university students, mentoring) •devising and steering strategies (with the Committee for equality - COMEGAL) •ensuring that the gender dimension is taken into account in the contracts signed between the academic institutions and the Ministry (indicators, evaluations) • training at different levels •ensuring the development of gender research •mainstreaming gender within the Ministry organisation and procedures, recalling, completing, updating the legislative framework •participating in interdepartmental action plans (notably with the Ministry for Women’s’ Rights).

Tasks in GENDER-NET: WP4 Leader, Participant to all WPs.

Team members:

Agnès Netter
Head of Department for Human Resource, Equality and Anti-Discrimination Strategies
Vanessa Dumétier
HR Strategies Policy Officer

See online : Human Resources Strategy, Equal Opportunities and Anti-discrimination Office


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