GWI International Colloquia Project
GWI International Colloquia Project: Breaking Barriers to Female Leadership in Higher Education
While significant global progress has been made in women’s enrolment in higher education, a pyramid effect is still reflected in higher education leadership. Across Europe, for example, 45% of PhDs are done by women, yet 20% of male academics are top-grade professors while the corresponding rate for women is only 7%.
What are the barriers limiting women’s access to senior academic posts and the top decision-making positions? What strategies need to be implemented to address both direct and indirect discrimination in higher education institutions?
GWI and its national affiliates are organizing a series of one-day colloquia bringing together women in higher education leadership positions to discuss the situation in their respective countries. The meetings will be patterned on a successful colloquium on “Female Leadership in Higher Education: Overcoming the Barriers – Real or Imagined” organized by the British Federation of Women Graduates in May 2011.
The findings from the different colloquia are compiled in a final report published in August 2013.
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Women Leaders as Agents of Change: Colloquia Project
While significant global progress has been made in women’s enrolment in higher education, a pyramid effect is still reflected in higher education leadership. We need to move away from the perception that Higher Education is a male-dominated culture.
GWI produced the final report on the International Colloquia Project. In the meantime these are a few comments from the Colloquia for us to take on board:
- Women already in leadership positions in Higher Education institutions must see themselves as a rallying point for their fellow women instead of as rivals; women must be prepared to support their counterparts in leadership positions and show solidarity.
- Higher Education Institutions need to identify and develop women with high potential.
- Women need to be assigned more visible roles. They often do the work and stay in the background so their contributions are often unacknowledged. Read full update
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