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30 Sep 2015

LERU points out lack of women in long-term research carreers

In its press release of 30 September 2015, LERU stresses the need to step up systematic efforts on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the EU. Concerning the research environment, LERU points out the existing problems: There are not enough women who enter, or remain in, a research profession, and very few are in leadering positions; not enough universities and other research performers manage to successfully achieve structural and cultural change within their institutions, and gender and sex analysis is not well integrated into the research process itself.

LERU states that these challenges have been in evidence for years now, but real progress across all of Europe is not occurring. Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU, calls on the Luxembourg Presidency to take concrete action to persuade member states to develop, implement and monitor progress on gender equality action plans at universities and other research performing and funding institutions, which should address the three challenges above.

Gender equality was declared one of five top priorities for the European Research Area in 2012. Gender is also one of the priorities of the Luxembourg Presidency, and it was on the agenda of the informal meeting of research ministers on 21 July 2015.

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