Gender mainstreaming at LiU – Equitas
“Equitas” is a Latin word that stands for equality, justice, impartiality, uprightness. It is also the name of the work at Linköping University to promote equality and gender equality within the university’s core activities – education, research and collaboration. It is planned that this work will become more intense.
Equal and just conditions
Equitas involves development towards integrating a perspective of equality and gender equality into the daily work at the university. This will increase the quality of the research and education at the university. One important aspect is that Linköping University is to be a place where students, researchers and other co-workers can study, teach and carry out research in equal and just conditions, and where all work is based on the core values of the university.
New governmental requirements for gender equality
Within the framework of Equitas, issues of gender equality will receive a more intense focus during the period 2016-2019, based on the government commission placed on all Swedish institutions of higher education. One important part of Equitas deals with the legally required work to promote equal possibilities and rights, and to counteract discrimination of students and co-workers based on sex, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability or age. This work is already under way within the framework for Equal Opportunities and will be expanded, given that the requirements increased with effect from 1 January 2017.
A new and more unified way of working
Another important part involves the initiatives that have been taken through the creation of gender lectureships and the Forum for Gender Studies and Equality. A preliminary study is under way in the autumn of 2017 with the goal of identifying the areas that are to be initially addressed and to determine how the work can be developed in practice. It is hoped that two departments will be able to function as “test beds” for a new and more unified way of working, where the existing work with equal opportunities and gender equality will be supplemented and reinforced where necessary. The hope is that the model will subsequently be spread to other parts of the university.
Last updated: 2019-04-15