Equal Opportunities Officer
The Equal Opportunities Officer has the task of promoting and monitoring equality between women and men and the elimination of existing and future discrimination on the basis of gender within the UFZ.
Its role is to participate in all personnel, organisational and social measures relating to equality between women and men, combining family and working life and protection against sexual harassment in the workplace. In this sense, its function is also to provide advice and support to individual employees.
Equality is a matter of course in every respect. Factors and processes restricting equality must be identified, communicated and systematically countered. The causes of unequal treatment are, however, almost always unknowingly and unintentionally anchored in our thoughts and actions and so structurally embedded in our everyday lives that we find ourselves reproducing them in our day-to-day dealings with one another.
Therefore, equality work focuses on reacting to the various backgrounds and starting points of the employees in a targeted and needs-orientated way, as well as designing framework conditions and processes in such a way that we reduce unequal treatment, aspire to equal opportunities and can make positive use of employee diversity at the UFZ.
All employees, men and women, may be affected by unequal opportunity due to their life situation and may therefore benefit from equality policies. Yet employees not only reap the benefits of equality policies with respect to their individual personal and career development: providing a work environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds have scope to develop and contribute their diverse and specific perspectives is advantageous for all work and organisational units at the UFZ.
Equality at the UFZ
Work and Gender - How do we want to live?
What does that have to do with me?
The brochure Diversity and Equal Opportunities at the UFZ - What can I do? contains concrete suggestions and is intended to facilitate personal initiative and changes in behaviour.
On the Subject
Germany's Basic Law firmly establishes the equality of women and men. However, it frequently becomes evident that such equality is far from being reached. The improvement of this situation is the duty of the Federal Government. Because of this the government has decided to install a "Federal Foundation for Equality" until the end of this year.
The foundation's aim is the scientific approach to questions of participation of women in all areas of society. Furthermore, it is supposed to provide information and therefore create transparency and bring attention to issues. The foundation is meant to strenghten actions and develop new ideas. It is supposed to become a central authority in matters of equality.
You can find further information on the website of the Federal Government (in German).
Information and Materials
- Information sheet "Academic Age" Academic_Age.pdf
- Checklist "Diversity-sensitive recruitment" Checkliste_Diversitätssensible_Personalauswahl_en.pdf
- Databases for female scientists Databases_for_female_scientists.pdf
- Gender-sensitive language at UFZ (in German) Gendern am UFZ.pdf
What are the effects of gender-sensitive language? - ARD Quarks (in German)