The University of Liège, in its institutional governance, its research policy, its teaching offer and its citizen involvement, defends equal opportunities and participation for all and works towards this goal in collaboration with various actors in society. 

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Governance

Es a public university, ULiège ensures respect for equal opportunities and career development, while being concerned about the well-being of individuals. Gender equality policies at the University of Liège are in line with the commitments made in the ULiège Charter of Values, "Study pathways, research pathways, life paths", implemented in September 2016. This charter reminds that "No one can be discriminated against on the basis of differences related in particular to gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious, philosophical or political convictions. No one may incite hatred or discriminatory harassment".

In the strategic plan put in place by the ULiège authorities, point 4.1 sets out the objective of guaranteeing transparent procedures based on non-discrimination with four courses of action:

  • Rawing up an inventory of the disparities observed in the careers, professional trajectories and working conditions of women in the institution.
  • Establish a "gender" policy and make it visible
  • Raising awareness of sexism and gender equality
  • Enhancing transparency in recruitment, evaluation and promotion procedures

Report on equality between women and men at the University of Liège, 2017 - Annie Cornet


Research

Several ULiège research teams are developing initiatives ranging from awareness-raising on gender equality to gender-related research and representation of the University in national and international commissions.

Integrative actions are developed within the framework of the Human Resources Management Strategy for Research (HRS4R) implementing the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. A steering committee composed of representatives of the main actors and stakeholders in this issue at ULiège has been set up to develop the action plan 2017-2020.

HR-Excellence: Research Human Resources Management Strategy

The implementation of the 3rd Action Plan 2017-2020 is overseen by a steering committee composed of representatives of university authorities, academics, researchers and administrative staff.


Education

The University of Liège offers an inter-university specialization Master's degree in gender studies. This programme trains experts in gender, gender equality and sexuality in all sectors and thus contributes to the fight against discrimination.

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ULiège is attentive to students, respecting their diversity, their life path and their personal situation. Provisions thus allow transgender people to use, if they wish, their first social name within the institution and on their student card.

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Citizenship

The University of Liège is involved in various structures and commissions working on gender and diversity.Women and

Science Committee of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

Chaired since June 2018 by Angélique Léonard, Professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Liège, the Women and Science Committee of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is an advisory body, created in March 2016, which advises the Government on the issue of gender in scientific and academic careers. It aims to promote the balanced participation of men and women among university researchers and teachers and to develop a gender policy in universities by formulating opinions and exchanging good practices.

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Mukwege International Chair "Violence against Women and Girls in Conflicts

For many years, researchers at the University of Liège have been cooperating with Dr Denis Mukwege, now Nobel Peace Prize winner, to understand, accompany and prevent violence against women and girls in conflicts. This close cooperation has led to the creation of an international "Mukwege Chair" initiated by Professor Emeritus Véronique De Keyser, and by Adélaïde Blavier, attached to the Centre d'expertise en Psychotraumatismes et Psychologie légale. The aim is to create an international research network on the theme of sexual violence suffered by women in conflict situations. 

The 1st congress of the Mukwege Chair will be held at the University of Liège from 13 to 15 November 2019.

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Other initiatives

EGID Research Group

EGID (Étude sur le genre et la diversité en gestion) is a research group of the University of Liège, within the Research Unit of HEC Liège School of Management, led by Annie Cornet, which studies the management of workforce diversity in companies and organisations (HRM). The work of these researchers focuses on the management of diversity and age, the links between gender and management and corporate social responsibility.

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FER ULiège

Founded on 8 March 2001, the FER ULiège is open to those who, at the University of Liège, are involved, both through their research and teaching, in the scientific field of Women's Studies - Gender Studies. The FER ULiège is on the one hand a network of researchers and teachers specialising in Women's Studies - Gender Studies at the University of Liège and on the other hand an association of ULiège teachers and researchers concerned about the situation of women in the University.

The book "Where are the Women? La feminisation à l'Université de Liège", signed by Juliette Dor, Claire Gavray, Marie-Elisabeth Henneau and Martine Jaminon (dir.), was published by the Presses universitaires de Liège in 2017.

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Feminist&Gender Lab

The Feminist&Gender Lab, born at the ULiège in 2017, brings together doctoral students whose scientific work crosses or directly concerns feminist and gender issues. The research carried out by the members of the group covers several disciplines of Philosophy and Humanities. These researchers are also working to reflect on women's careers and the prevention of sexism at the University.

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