Switzerland: ETH Board adopts the new Gender Strategy

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(The Government of Switzerland)

At its meeting of 3/4 March 2021, the ETH Board adopted the new Gender Strategy for the ETH Domain. This strategy aims to improve the gender balance further and ensure equal opportunities for women and men in the ETH Domain institutions.

The ETH Board also decided how resources will be allocated in 2022 and approved the consolidated reporting for 2020, which will now be submitted to the Federal Council.

The aim of the ETH Domain’s updated Gender Strategy for the period 2021-2024 is to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research, particularly in management positions. Emphasis is also being placed on equal opportunities for women and men.

The ETH Domain institutions intend to apply at least 0.5% (approximately CHF 13 million) of the annual federal contribution to the various measures. Such measures go beyond providing support for childcare facilities: they encompass, for example, promoting an inclusive culture. Key aspects include raising awareness of gender bias and gender stereotypes, and taking measures to combat inappropriate behaviour.

Furthermore, the ETH Domain has undertaken to follow the rules of the Swiss charter for equal pay in the public sector and strives to boost coordination between its institutions as regards dual career issues. This includes helping professors’ partners integrate into the labour market.

The ETH Domain institutions have also set quantitative targets for increasing the proportion of women in academia, administration and technical professions.

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