More than 50% of the students attending our University are women, but the majority of their teachers are still men. In contrast, the office and secretarial staff are almost 100% female; however, their jobs are low paid and offer hardly any prospects of promotion. Current structures and contents in both study programmes and the academic world in general tend to discourage women rather than motivate them to pursue an academic career.
Abolishing all structural discrimination against women is the major, legally specified goal of our University's equal opportunities policy. The equal opportunities officers provide counselling and support in pursuing this cross-sectional task. Equal opportunity measures do not just stop at staff policy. They go further and aim towards introducing the fundamental changes that will enable women to learn and work at Bielefeld University in whatever way they think best. As well as reforming study and work conditions, it is equally important to provide the necessary services to make it easier to combine study and work with raising a family.
The equal opportunities officers are pleased to give advice, to help, and to provide support. They are grateful for any suggestions that will improve the gender equality of working and learning conditions!