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Gender equality at universities | Other equality issues at universities

Gender equality at universities

In the late 1990s, the political and university authorities began to be concerned at the small proportion of women (7%) on university teaching staff. The measures introduced in 2000 – driven by the federal “Equality of Opportunities” program – produced positive results.

Today, women are well represented in universities, particularly within the student body, and administrative and technical personnel. But the number of women falls sharply at higher levels, particularly within academic hierarchies. This vertical segregation is found across the board, in Swiss, European and US universities. At UNIL, in 2018, women made up 52% of graduate assistants but just 23% of full professors.

At the same time, there is also horizontal segmentation, i.e. unequal representation of men and women across the different disciplines. In 2018, for example, women made up 51% of academic staff in the Faculty of Arts (all levels of seniority combined) but just 33% in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

There has certainly been progress in recent years but it is still too slow, which is why it is essential to pursue measures to promote equality at the university.

Gender equality at universities  

Other equality issues at universities

Equality of opportunities at universities does not only apply to men and women. There are multiple issues, for example in relation to disability, social background, sexual orientation, nationality, language and culture.

UNIL is committed to creating a culture of openness and integration, which draws on difference to highlight its advantages and allows everyone to develop their skills and potential to the full. With this in mind, it takes a series of measures to support diversity.



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Pourquoi si peu de femmes profs d'université? (Tribu, RTS La 1ère, 16.03.2017)

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