University legal documents (law, bylaws, statute) are not gender sensitive. No gender sensitive language is used in them and gender issues are not addressed. The only mentioning of women in these documents is related to giving birth and maternity leave.
These were some of the results of the research currently being conducted under the Horizon2020 TARGET Project “Taking a Reflective approach to Gender Equality for institutional Transformations”, which was presented at the University of Belgrade and co-funded by PERFORM.
The main aim of the TARGET project is to contribute to the advancement of gender equality in research and innovation by supporting a reflexive gender equality policy in seven Gender Equality Innovating Institutions in the Mediterranean basin.
The research conducted so far aims to map the existing state of gender equality at the University of Belgrade, at all levels: gender composition of student population, human resources and decision making bodies, as well as the analysis of University’s main policy documents from gender perspective. Of all the teaching staff at the University of Belgrade, 52% are men and 48% women. However, when looking at the younger academic staff at the beginning of their career, 80% of teaching assistants at the entire University are women, while only 20% are men. At the level of professors, 40% are women and 60% men. Comparing to the situation in Sweden, where 37% are women professors, this doesn’t seem too bad. However, the picture changes when it comes to the analysis of faculty groups, and especially when it comes to the governing bodies of the University (councils and committees for the promotion and advancement of staff). For instance, at the Faculty of Philosophy, where majority of students are female, the committees for the promotion of staff are made up of 77% men and only 23% women.
This is just an initial analysis for the current school year 2017/2018, and this research will continue in the next 4 years, during the implementation of TARGET project. The research outcomes will serve as a baseline for further developing recommendations for improving gender equality at the University of Belgrade.