The realisation of equal opportunity is one of the most important strategic aims of the Rektorat and is made concrete in the current equal opportunity concept of Bielefeld University. The Equal Opportunities Officers are supporting and advising the University in this important crosscutting task, for which there is a need to act on many levels and in numerous areas.
The figures show that although women make up over 50 per cent of students at Bielefeld University, by the doctoral stage this percentage has decreased and there are still too few women in professorships. In contrast, nearly 100 per cent of administration and secretarial staff are female. These positions are low paid and offer little chance of promotion.
To break down this structural discrimination is the common task for all university students and staff; expertise and advice is available from the central (and decentralised) Equal Opportunities Officers.
The challenge does not only concern human resources. It also requires further measures in the development plans of the University, equal opportunity plans and other concepts so that men and women alike can learn and work at Bielefeld University according to their expectations.