Conference on gender equality: Don’t change women, change the system

A conference entitled “Female Leadership and Higher Education Management in Developing Countries” in Bonn brought together 120 predominantly female guests from 35 countries to discuss the challenges facing women in higher education institutions. Representatives from educational and research institutions, equal opportunities experts and academics attended the conference, which was coordinated by the DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) within the framework of the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme. Around 400 applications alone had been received for the 20 experience reports, to be used for gender equality, that were presented in Bonn in the form of poster presentations. This was proof of the important role played by the exchange of ideas, said Dr Anette Pieper, Director of the Projects department at DAAD, in her welcome speech.