Equal Opportunities and Support for Diversity at CEITEC MU

Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University (CEITEC MU) presents the institutional Gender Equality Plan for the period 2021-2023 (GEP III). The document is building upon the fact that if we want to build an organisation and research teams capable of innovating, we need diversity and promotion of equal opportunities. Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages the search for novel perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving. That is the conclusion drawn from decades of research from organisational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, and demographers.

The GEP III builds upon work implemented as a part of GEP I (2016-2019) and GEP II (2019-2020). The first GEP was designed and implemented in the framework of the LIBRA project.

The GEP III reacts on challenges in the area of gender equality as identified by the European Union and is designed to be fully in line with the Strategic Plan of CEITEC MU for 2021-2028 and with the HR Strategy of CEITEC MU (2018).

„Gender equality is not only a matter of concern for women; it must matter to all of us. If we want to take scientific excellence to the next level; if we want to deliver science-based solutions to the many urgent and pressing global challenges, we need all talents in play.“
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2014-2019)

In comparison to GEP I and GEP II, the GEP III broadens its focus to GENDER+ approach (also referred as „intersectional approach“) that involves also other potential grounds for discrimination such as age, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

The European Commission identifies four challenges to be addressed in the area of gender equality:

  • more women participating in research and innovation programmes
  • better integration of the gender dimension in the context of research and innovation projects
  • more participation of EU widening countries in actions dedicated to gender equality in research and innovation organisations
  • broadening gender equality policies in research and innovation to intersections with other potential grounds for discrimination such as ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation

Source available HERE.

The GEP represents a systematic and coordinated set of actions promoting gender equality and implementing gender mainstreaming (the integration of a gender perspective in the preparation and evaluation of policies) at CEITEC MU. The GEP combines actions implemented in three levels:

(1) change of the institutional framework
(2) change of the internal culture
(3) direct support of employees

Aim of the GEP actions are:

Areas of intervention:

Institutional and cultural change supporting the best talents in an unbiased way Governance, internal culture, monitoring and reporting system
Improving the presence, participation, and progression of women in science Recruitment and career progression (development)
Improving gender balance in Institute’s leadership and advisory bodies Working conditions, work-life balance
Providing open, fair, transparent, inclusive and safe working environment Sexual harassment and bullying
Bringing intersectional approach to gender mainstreaming at the Institute Sex/Gender dimension in research
Addressing sex and gender dimension in research content and training  

Document: Gender Equality Plan for the period 2021-2023

The project Development and Strengthening of Diverse and Flexible Work Culture at CEITEC MU (czech only) addresses the topic.

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