Gender Equality Plan
The University of Warsaw was the first university in Poland to adopt the “Gender Equality Plan” – an action strategy for 2020-2023. It is based on five goals, formulated on the basis of research on the needs of the UW community, expert consultations and a review of solutions used in European universities.
Its primary objective is to ensure that the University of Warsaw is a safe place for all, functioning in a way respecting equality and diversity, free from discrimination, as well as ensuring freedom of academic development for everybody.
Goals of the Gender Equality Plan for the UW
GOAL 1. Raising awareness of the importance of equality issues and strengthening positive attitudes towards diversity.
GOAL2. Supporting the development of women’s scientific careers.
GOAL 3. Ensuring gender equality in recruitment of female and male employees, and in doctoral schools.
GOAL 4. Easier combination of work and family life.
GOAL 5. Increasing balanced sex representation with respect to chairpersons of faculty and university committees, management, expert and reviewer teams, and chairpersons of scientific and popularisation events.
Objectives identified in the Gender Equality Plan for the UW are twofold – institutional and awareness-building. Their implementation is to bring about changes at the institutional level, modifying the existing practices at the university, introduce new procedures and support establishment of study and work conditions (including administrative, teaching and scientific work) that will allow to better implement the principle of equal treatment based on sex. There are synergies among the objectives, due to which they strengthen one another. They refer to the motto of the equality policy of the University of Warsaw: “we are all equal.”
The European Commission recognised the University of Warsaw with the “HR Excellence in Research” logo.This means an obligation to continuously develop HR and recruitment policies, including the development of equality policies in the form of the General Equality Plan for the University of Warsaw, hereinafter referred to as the “Gender Equality Plan for the UW.”
Equality and diversity are the values promoting the development of science. The social mission of the University of Warsaw is to guarantee access to knowledge and the acquisition of skills to all persons entitled thereto. Good practices translated into actions, as well as improvement of communication in the university community, in such a way that good examples and solutions for equality can be popularised more efficiently, are the starting point of the Gender Equality Plan for the UE. This allows combining establishment of a safe, equal atmosphere at the University with combating discrimination through the early response system.
As shown by surveys and consultations, some people both suffer prejudice and encounter institutional barriers, as a result of which not everybody is able to benefit equally from academic development opportunities. These barriers often take the form of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and difficulties in combining professional work with family life. Obstacles of this type result in slowing down scientific careers, especially of women, and some of them may lose interest in further academic development. Barriers hindering combining professional work with family life also discourage fathers endeavouring to be involved in both spheres of life – professional and family.
In each case, this is a loss both for the University of Warsaw and the development of science in Poland.