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DAAD conference on gender equality: outcomes and next steps

26 July 2017

“We’re all in the same boat”. This realisation by the participants of a large gender conference in Bonn last month was encouraging. Over two days, academics from all over the world discussed the barriers faced by female management staff in the higher education sector. An international network is helpful precisely because the problems are similar all over the world.

The conference entitled “Female Leadership and Higher Education Management in Developing Countries” in Bonn brought together 120 predominantly female guests from 35 countries to discuss the challenges facing women in higher education institutions. Representatives from educational and research institutions, equal opportunities experts and academics attended the conference, which was coordinated by the DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) within the framework of the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme. Around 400 applications alone had been received for the 20 experience reports, to be used for gender equality, that were presented in Bonn in the form of poster presentations. This was proof of the important role played by the exchange of ideas, said Dr Anette Pieper, Director of the Projects department at DAAD, in her welcome speech.

The DIES department at the DAAD will use the outcomes of the conference to develop programmes that support women from developing countries as effectively as possible. Among the concrete recommendations was the positive experience from other countries of using funding to strengthen equality initiatives in a targeted way. The launch of the new DIES programme line is scheduled for 2018. A follow-up conference is already being considered, with the aim of further expanding the network.

This summary is an extract of the full article published in DAAD Aktuell. A full version is available on the DAAD website. 


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