"Higher Education, Gender and Equity: Making SDG 5 part of universities’ strategy and activities"
Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2023 (14:00-15:30 CET)
This year’s International Women’s Day 2023 (8 March) is taking place under the theme #EmbraceEquity: “Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through the process of
equity, we can reach equality.” EWORA and IAU invite interested participants and experts from higher education to discuss approaches how universities can be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive across their activities, and in particular when working with local communities. Amongst the speakers, we will give the floor to university leadership and other representatives of IAU and EWORA Member universities, presenting examples of good practices, and institutional and organizational perspectives.
The discussion will focus on leadership, resources and tools, and social responsibility towards equity. In this context, the semantics around equity will also be addressed, including the critical need to
understand the difference between equity and equality:
Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.
Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
Therefore, universities are called on to not only create equal opportunities but to seek equity and play their part in creating a more inclusive society – starting at the institutions and their positioning
in local communities.
EWORA and IAU have been advocating jointly for more gender equality and equity in higher education, in particular in leadership positions, in the past years. Furthermore, the IAU created a
network, the IAU HESD Global Cluster, in 2018 with the aim of connecting universities around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Opening remarks by Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General and Gülsün Sağlamer, President, EWORA