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It's time to act: #GrowingEquality

Wear the SAGE Pin and endorse the SAGE charter of principles for Gender Equality.

Gender equality is fundamental to our democracies and central to our higher education and research systems. Evidence shows that research performance is limited by persistent inequalities, and this negatively impacts innovation and society at large.

  • Women occupy only 20% of the governance seats of universities, contributing to a lack of female role models in the top level positions.
  • Women account for 47% of PhD graduates in Europe but they gradually disappear from the academic career track.
  • Women researchers tend to hold more part-time positions and/or to have more “precarious” working contracts than men.
  • Gender dimension is often overlooked in the research cycle which leads to the formulation of bias and/or inadequate policies, programs, theories, and outcomes.

Source: European Commission and Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. 2016. She Figures 2015 Luxembourg.

Wearing the SAGE Pin and endorsing the SAGE Charter of Principles for Gender Equality means supporting structural, cultural and political change to eradicate such inequalities in research and higher education, and enhance both excellence and equity within our systems.

Take action across all twelve Principles and demonsrate your commitment to:

  1. Improving gender balance at all levels of academic careers, in institutional governance and decision making positions, and among public and highly visible roles and functions;
  2. Implementing Human Resources practices that attract and promote the best talents in all their diversity that do not discriminate on the basis of gender or other grounds;
  3. Eliminating the gender pay gap;
  4. Seeking diversity and gender equality in research opportunities and funding;
  5. Achieving gender balance and fairness in evaluation panels for grants, institutional and research projects;
  6. Mainstreaming gender equality awareness and best practice in the daily operations of our institutions;
  7. Embedding gender equality and diversity in the strategy statements of our institutions;
  8. Promoting family-friendly policies and work-life balance;
  9. Advancing gender studies across the disciplines to produce knowledge that fosters cultural, social and political change in gender norms
  10.   Sharing knowledge about gender equality and diversity across our institutions and embedding gender equality and diversity in the training of academic and professional staff;
  11.   Incorporating gender-sensitive practices, processes and procedures in research, while addressing barriers to equal participation of all genders in research and decision making;
  12.   Eradicating bullying, sexual and moral harassment from our institutions.

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