Networking around Gender Equality

GE Domain addressed:

The thematic network on gender research

Since June 2013, 24 academics in teaching and research on gender at UPEC have been involved as advisers for gender policy within a thematic network on gender. The network members meet every semester or more in addition to exchanges by email. Some issues, which are especially important, have been already discussed such as making teaching and research on gender more visible at UPEC, creating new courses and/or degrees, and improving the coordination between teaching programmes. The network is supporting the participation of UPEC to national research networks. Participants have a direct motivation in the network as it enhances the visibility of their research and teaching activities. It is part of the chapter “Creating a gender culture” in the UPEC GAP. Participation is open, anybody can join.

The thematic network has been a key factor contributing to the successful organisation of the « Gender and Master day » and to the organisation of the regular events “les midis du genre” (“Gender at noon”).

The network of gender equality correspondents

The action of the gender equality office, carried out by Prof. Colette Guillopé until July 2016, was supported in the different faculties by local gender equality correspondents. The idea is to exchange information on gender equality between the gender equality central office and the 14 faculties and institutes of UPEC; to better inform the faculties about the actions at university level; and to better inform the gender equality office about local settings and specific issues. All members of this network are officially appointed by the head of the faculties to to make them part of the university management.

Both good practices have demonstrated success. Their impact has been reputed good and they are easily replicated in any institution.

Moreover, these actions do not require an important financial investment.

What is required is to provide drinks and cookies for a coffee break and above all organisation and animation of the networks (creating mailing lists, sending invitations and proceedings of meetings, etc).