„Horizon Europe sets gender equality as a crosscutting principle and aims to eliminate gender inequality and intersecting socio-economic inequalities throughout research and innovation systems, including by addressing unconscious bias and systemic structural barriers.“ (European Union, 2021)
Starting in 2022, the European Commission introduces Gender Equality Plans (GEP) as a new eligibility criterion for public bodies, research organisations and higher education establishments to get access to funding by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027.
The University of Bremen endorses this initiative.
Concept for the Future of Gender Equality of the University of Bremen
The University of Bremen has been pursuing its active equal opportunities policy for almost three decades: it geared its service and advisory structures to gender equality at an early stage, established exemplary support services for various career stages, set up professorships for gender research and accepted gender equality as a constant challenge for the entire institution.
Starting in 2012, the University of Bremen has implemented three gender equality plans. Its current ”Concept for the Future of Gender Equality“ was adopted in 2018. It was developed as part of the application for the third funding round of the Female Professor Program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The University of Bremen has been awarded the distinction ”Equality: excellent!“ for its ”Concept for the Future of Gender Equality“.
Mandatory GEP content areas
To comply with the Horizon Europe GEP eligibility criterion, a GEP must meet four mandatory process-related requirements:
The GEP must be a formal document published on the institution’s website, signed by the top management and actively communicated within the institution.
A GEP must have dedicated resources and expertise in gender equality to implement the plan.
Organisations must provide sex/ gender disaggregated data and monitoring on personnel and students with annual reporting based on indicators.
The GEP must also include training and awareness-raising actions on gender equality.