Guidelines for sex/gender analysis. How are we doing in Europe?
12 July 2023Back to news
The third benchmarking analysis conducted by GENDERACTOINplus looks into the existing policies and measures for integrating the gender dimension into the content of R&I and teaching in 21 countries across the ERA. It highlights promising practices and recommends actions for policy development.
Building on the survey responses from 20 RFOs and 15 national authorities responsible for research and
innovation and higher education, the benchmark analysis shows that:
- The concepts of sex and gender continue to be conflated, particularly among stakeholders with less experience in gender equality policies.
- Overall, 20% of the national authorities have specific policies or strategies for integrating sex/gender analysis into R&I content (Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden). Some countries (Austria, Lithuania and Portugal) plan to adopt policies or strategies in line with the ERA policies. The few national authorities with such policies direct them mainly towards public research funding agencies.
- In sum, 60% of the RFOs adopted specific policies for integrating the gender dimension in R&I content. Four are widening countries (Cyprus, Czech Republic Poland, and Turkey). 50% of the analysed policies include an intersectional approach.
- The most common measure to promote the gender dimension in R&I content requires applicants to specify whether they consider sex and/or gender in their research/innovation proposal.
- Few countries have policies for integrating the gender dimension in the content of higher education teaching and curricula.
You can find more, including recommendations on how to improve the situation, in the Benchmarking and assessment report on guidelines for sex/gender analysis – yet to be approved.