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Gender Equality at Freie Universität

Gender equity, equal opportunity, and a family-friendly environment are pillars of Freie Universität’s character as an institution of higher education and research. Gender equity not only means that the university strives to provide equitable access to resources and representation – it also entails a critical reflection on gender as an analytical category that impacts all areas of our institution, from research and teaching, to professional development and continuing education.

This critical approach to questions of equity and equality involves thinking about how gender interconnects with other categories of discrimination. This perspective also requires us to consider gender beyond a binary model and to resist essentializing gender and gender roles.

A History of Gender Equity at Freie Universität Berlin

  • Since 2002, Freie Universität has proudly held its Total-E-Quality rating.
  • Since 2005, Freie Universität Berlin has been one of the top universities in the nation-wide ranking conducted by the Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) monitoring various aspects of gender equity and how the university has implemented them.
  • Since 2007, Freie Universität has been a certified “family accessible” university.
  • In 2018, Freie Universität co-founded the association “Familie in der Hochschule e.V.” (family at the university).
  • That same year, Freie Universität was recognized as one of only ten German universities with the title “Outstanding Equal Opportunity!”. This honor was conferred as part of the German federal and state governments’ women professors program, and emphasized the university’s strong professional development and recruiting initiatives as means of promoting the careers of women on their way to becoming professors.

Freie Universität Berlin’s new Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan was approved by the Academic Senate in February 2021. It defines how the university fulfills external requirements and its own commitments, establishes goals and benchmarks to be achieved by 2026, and identifies some preliminary measures as examples.

Freie Universität Berlin’s Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan Reinforces the Foundations of Its Gender Equity Policies

  • The overarching goal is to ensure that people of all genders can participate equitably in science, research, education, and administration at our university.
  • Gender mainstreaming is an institutional strategy.
  • In addition to ensuring the equitable representation of all genders, the university is also committed to examining and removing discriminatory and exclusionary structures.
  • The university strives to pursue an intersectional approach that takes into account the interplay of differences within the category of gender.
  • The university sees itself as a welcoming international institution that looks to its partners around the globe to evaluate its own gender equity policies. International standards and best practices serve as a point of reference for its development and strategic planning in the future.
  • Gender studies is a fundamental part of the university’s forward-thinking profile. Gender studies will continue to be vigorously supported so that the university maintains an international competitive edge in the field, both in research and as part of the university’s teaching curriculum.
  • It is the responsibility of everyone in leadership positions to implement the Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan.

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