Conference: Gender Budgeting at Universities
Britta Thomsen, MEP, rapporteur to the Committee on Women\'s Rights and Gender
Equality on „Women and Science“, photo by Zofia Lapniewska
Final conference on gender budgeting as a management instrument for gender equality at universities (Gdansk, Munich, Vienna) took place in Brussels, in Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, at September 17, 2008.
The objectives of the conference were:
- Present new perspectives on how to make science more attractive to women
- Disseminate findings of the project
- Motivate to implement gender budgeting in organisations of Higher Education
- Highlight the importance of a top-down strategy, funding criteria and the role of the EU
- Network for further EU gender projects
The conference offered the opportunity to present central findings of the Specific Support Action (SSA) to a broader
audience. Together with stakeholders and experts at a national and European level the strategies and perspectives for implementing gender budgeting with a focus on the area of higher education and research were discussed.
About the project
The purpose of the project has been to develop strategies, instruments and measures for implementing gender budgeting as a part of budget planning in science. Three teams from Gdansk (Poland - NEWW-Poland), Vienna (Austria - WU) and Munich (Germany - FAM/SIM) have been working together. We started with an analysis of the national framework for women and men in science and the financing of the university sector in Austria, Germany and Poland. This was followed by an
analysis of the specific situation of women and men and of the process of budgeting at the three co-operating universities, University of Gdansk, University of Augsburg and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
On the basis of these findings we developed instruments and measures for the implementation of gender budgeting in scientific organisations. As part of the support action we adapted a selection of instruments and measures to the specific situation of each cooperating university. By comparing the three countries and the co-operating universities we
have been able to extrapolate our findings and to contribute to an European gender watch system.
For more details see: www.frauenakademie.de/projekt
Final publication is available at: Concluding Report