The Gender Equality Committee works in accordance with the needs of both sexes and aims at furthering equal opportunities regarding the awarding of scholarships, staffing policies and organisational hierarchies by means of gender mainstreaming.
The number of female and male doctoral students, scholarship holders and staff members should be balanced. However, key criteria for the awarding of scholarships and posts should be the applicant’s academic and personal profile. Accordingly, the Gender Equality Committee’s focus lies on gender-sensitive personnel development in order to sustainably support the GCSC and GGK’s further advancing.
To facilitate the integration of equal opportunities perspectives into the daily workflow at the GCSC/GGK, we aim at professionalising the GEC’s efforts towards equal opportunities along the structural and HR benchmarks set out by the DFG. These especially refer to the negotiated agreements institutions funded by the Excellence Initiative subscribe to: the direction-setting interim report due in 2011, and the evaluation of equal opportunities measurements in 2013.
At the core of the negotiated agreements are the tasks of:
- Raising gender sensitivity in order to, for example, reveal how questions of gender influence existing academic structures, also and especially as regards the importance of equal opportunities within the Excellence Initiative
- Analysing the varying interests of men and women and considering them in decision making processes
- Foster competences
- Anchor gender in research
- Implement gender sensitive language
- Develop measurements to promote the furthering of the neglected group, such as achieving a balanced distribution of men and women on all hierarchical levels of the GCSC/GGK
Additionally, the GEC regards it as central to further the reconcilability of family and (academic) careers. In this context, the GEC hopes to be perceived as both, a point of contact and a special interest group. Together with the GCSC/GGK sub-programme “Promovieren mit Kind”, the GEC works for the needs and requirements of all GCSC/GGK parents.
Apart from contributing to the development of the GCSC/GGK through working with the Selection Committee and Board of Directors, the GEC offers workshops that are tailored to further gender sensitivity and reflects on the degree of gender sensitivity within the institutional structures of the graduate centre. These workshops will contribute to basic knowledge transfer as regards gender mainstreaming, as well as foster competences in equal opportunities work, also taking in the professorial level. Furthermore, workshops and lectures will provide information on the opportunities women have in post-doctoral, top-level research and broach the issue of combining academic careers with having a family.
The Gender Equality Committee consists of two professors, two post-doctoral researchers and two doctoral students. GEC delegates are elected by GGK/GCSC members at the annual plenary meeting. Professors are elected for three years; all other members are elected for periods of one year.
Prof. Dr. Ingo Berensmeyer
Prof. Dr. Verena Dolle
Dr. Christine Schwanecke
Dr. Markus Späth