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Date: June 2022
Reg. no.: HV 2022/448
Approved by: Pro Vice Chancellor
Validity: 2022-2024
Responsible unit: Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellors Office
Contact: Strategist and Coordinator for sustainability:

At University West gender equality is an integrated part of the Strategy for Sustainable Development (dnr. 2020/700), with specific gender equality goals for education, research, cooperation, and support processes. The Strategy for sustainable development has intermediate goals with associated activities in the following areas: mapping of gender equality, gender equality research and postgraduate education, equal recruitment, merit and resource allocation, equal and inclusive work and study environment, equal management, control and support systems, gender equality in communication and information, and gender equality competence (Gender Equality Research and Innovation -

Gender mainstreaming

The Swedish government has commissioned all higher education institutions to integrate gender equality into their activities (Mål för jämställdhet - At University West the operational gender equality work, therefore, takes place within the framework of gender mainstreaming, a political strategy stating that a gender perspective is to permeate the entire organization, that is being included in all decisions, at all levels and all stages. This strategy is based on the national gender equality objectives, to assure women and men the same power and opportunity to influence society and their own lives. Since 2016, all higher education institutions have been given a special assignment by the government to integrate gender equality, into higher education institutions' activities to contribute to achieving the national gender equality policy goals. The work includes an adopted plan for gender mainstreaming and regular follow-up of the work. The basis for University West's work for gender equality, therefore, has the following objectives:

  • Gender-equal division of power and influence
  • Economic gender equality
  • Gender-equal education
  • Gender-equal distribution of unpaid housework and provision of care work
  • Gender-equal health
  • Men’s violence against women must stop (Mål för jämställdhet -

The work focuses on the lack of gender equality but is viewed consistently through an intersectional perspective. This means that analysis focus on how gender interacts with other social power structures, such as ethnicity, race, class, age, religion or other fundamental belief, sexualitysexuality, and functionality, which enables a more complex and contextual understanding of concrete obstacles to achieving social equality and sustainability. In addition, the gender equality strategy at University West is related to the global goal of Agenda 2030 which is ratified by the Swedish government (Agenda 2030 och de globala målen för hållbar utveckling - Working with gender mainstreaming within the framework of Agenda 2030 means applying a gender equality analysis to the entire agenda, to identify the gender equality problems that stand in the way of achieving sustainable development and the goals in the agenda.

External legislation

The gender equality work at University West is governed by several complementing national statutes, regulations and requirements as:

  • The Swedish Higher Education Act (1992:1434) includes both equality and sustainable development
  • The Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100) higher education institutions shall observe and promote equality between women and men.
  • The Discrimination Act (2008:567) focuses on measures aimed at promoting equality between women and men. Gender is one of seven grounds of discrimination in the legislation.
  • The Parental Leave Act (1995:584) employment law regulates the right to parental leave. The law also regulates a ban on the disadvantageous treatment of employees on parental leave.
  • Global Goals for Sustainable Development, United Nations.

Areas for Gender Equality Work

At University West, the work of achieving equality between women and men is directed by the gender equality strategy and the specific problem areas it describes. For clarity concerning the GEP eligibility criterion, we map and summarized the work in the following seven areas: