GE-HEI - Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions

Portugal has a large proportion of women ISCED 5-8 graduates, including in non-traditional fields such as Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEMs) and yet, the number of women in management positions within Higher Education Institutions (e.g Heads of Departments, Deans, Vice Rectors, Rectors, and Full Professors) remains awfully low (She Figures 2016). Policies requiring balanced representation in decision making have been introduced in the political and company sectors. The Government plans to extend said regime to HEI as part of a more structural gender equality policy in higher education. There is a need to define and test systematic ways and produce recommendations to integrate gender equality in HE.

The GE-HEI project,  funded by EEAGrants 2014-2021, is developed in the context of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, specifically the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality). Its main goals are to identify the factors which explain gender inequalities and to acquire and develop new knowledge, tools and methods that can promote gender equality in the Portuguese higher education system.

The project is promoted by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES), has the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) as its operating entity, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies (CIEG) as the scientific coordinator, in partnership with the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland (RIKK).

CIEG's team is coordinated by Anália Torres. Bernardo Coelho, Diana Maciel, Fátima Assunção, Paula Campos Pinto and Sara Merlini are the members of the project’s research team.

Project Website, here.