The involvement of women’s representatives and gender equality officers in all structural, organizational, and staffing matters concerning the inclusion and promotion of women at the university, which is guaranteed by law, opens up a broad field of work for the gender equality officers. Their involvement gives rise to certain freedoms in shaping the structures at the university and their participation serves as a corrective factor in the university’s organizational bodies, most of which are dominated by men.
The successful implementation of the equal opportunity policy at Freie Universität is based on an efficient organizational structure centering on the Chief Gender Equality Officer. This structure extends at the local level to a network of individual women’s representatives and gender equality officers who work within the departments and also includes the Women’s Council (Frauenrat), a body representing all of the women members of the university, including faculty, staff, and students.
The Chief Gender Equality Officer is also involved in umbrella organizations (LaKoF, the State Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Berlin; BuKoF, the Federal Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Germany) at the state and federal levels and works closely together with national institutions such as the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS).