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Gender equality work

Work with gender equality is a strategic matter for the University of Oslo, which has undertaken to ensure that gender equality permeates all its activities. This also applies to faculties, museums and centres.

Gender equality is about democracy and fundamental human rights, but also about the quality of our activities at the University of Oslo and our legitimacy in society as the country’s foremost institution for research, education and dissemination.


UiO's gender equality policy

Gender equality is both an objective and a process that involves:

  • the University consciously promoting an organisational culture and a working environment that is inclusive and fair to both sexes;
  • education, professional strategy and incentive schemes designed so that they give qualifying candidates and researchers of both sexes equal opportunities to develop their talent;
  • an active recruitment policy that evens out unequal gender selection and indirect discrimination;
  • that the share of women and men as professors and associate professors and in academic posts reflects the gender distribution in the recruitment base.

The University of Oslo’s gender equality policy is rooted in its Strategic Plan 2010-2020 and is defined in the Gender Equality Action Plan 2015-2017 (pdf). In the course of 2017, the impact of the current action plan will be evaluated and a new action plan developed.

Gender equality initiatives in 2017

How is the gender equality work organised?

  • The University of Oslo has a Equality Adviser who works on following-up and developing the University’s gender equality policy. Equality Adviser Hege Elisabeth Løvbak is affiliated with the Department of Personnel Support.
  • The University of Oslo has appointed a special Gender Equality Coordination Group (Norwegian) with representatives from the management at the faculties and museums, the gender research environment, the student body and the Department of Research Administration. Rector Svein Stølen leads the group’s work and the Equality Adviser is the secretary. The primary task of the group is to contribute to strategic discussions and set gender equality objectives at the University of Oslo.

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Published Jan. 19, 2015 10:04 AM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2017 10:51 AM