Equality between women and men is one of the most important European Union’s values that dates back to 1957 when the principle of equal pay for work of equal value was added to Treaty of Rome. Since then, the EU has worked for equal treatment legislation, gender mainstreaming, and specific measures for the advancement of women.
With the strong support from the first-ever female European Commission President Ursula von del Leyen, the issue of gender equality made it back on to the political agenda. She indicated that “equality for all and equality in all its senses” was one of the major priorities of the Commission.
On 5 March 2020, the European Commission published a series of EU initiatives and strategies that deal with equality, diversity and inclusion. The goal of the EC is to achieve a gender equal Europe where gender-based violence, sex discrimination and structural inequality between women and men are a thing of the past.
In accordance with the European Commission’s plan, a team at IRI UL has also developed a Gender Equality Plan that is based on preliminary analysis of gender-disaggregated data on IRI UL personnel, a review of relevant national regulations, and a baseline review of existing practices at the University of Ljubljana.
The key strategic objectives of IRI UL’s GEP are:
- to provide a supportive and safe work environment for all IRI UL employees;
- to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality;
- to provide equal employment and career progression opportunities regardless of gender or other personal circumstances;
- to establish a system of monitoring of the equality aspects and indicators;
- to support employees’ work–life balance by enhancing the relevant organisational mechanisms;
- to promote excellence in science by systematically integrating gender dimensions into IRI UL’s research and development activities.
You can find the document HERE.