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Gender equality and equal opportunities

The University’s activities are based on gender equality and the pursuit of ethnic and social diversity. The University recognises the equal value of all people and works to combat racism and xenophobia.

In the 2017–2026 Strategic plan for Lund University is stated that the core values are based in the laws which a Swedish public authority is obliged to follow.

The organisation is to safeguard democracy, legality, impartiality, freedom of opinion, respect for the equal value of all human beings, efficiency and service as well as democratic principles and human rights and freedoms. Gender equality and diversity are fundamental principles in every part of our organisation.

The Discrimination Act (2008:567) prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

Read more on the equality ombudsman website

Our work on gender equality and equal opportunities

Equality and diversity are basic principles for all parts of Lund University. In accordance with the Discrimination Act, Lund University works to promote a discrimination free work and study environment. The systematic preventive work against discrimination is ongoing throughout the University, with the aid of templates and a board game to help getting started.

The results of gender equality and equal opportunities work shall be reported annually in a gender equality report based on the Lund university policy for gender, equality, equal opportunities and diversity or in an equality/diversity report based on the chapter 3 in the Discrimination Act.

Gender Mainstreaming

Through a public service agreement concerning higher education institutions for the 2016 financial year, Lund University has been commissioned by the Government to development of gender mainstreaming, during the period 2017-2019. The purpose of the initiative is for the higher education sector to contribute towards the nationally declared gender equality objective of women and men having equal power to shape society and their own lives.

Gender mainstreaming aims at working through the organisations decision making processes in order to find and remove or minimize obstacles for gender equality. Gender mainstreaming is in addition to the demands of the Discrimination Act, a work that is ongoing in at Lund university.

The Lund university plan concerning gender mainstreaming at Lund University, 2017–2019, focuses on removing obstacles for gender equality in the recruitment process (staff) and in the processes for widening recruitment and widening participation (students).

Read more in the Plan concerning gender mainstreaming at Lund University, 2017-2019 (PDF 217 kB, new window)

Read the national gender equality policy goals


Every workplace is responsible for continuous work on gender equality, diversity and equal opportunities. The overall responsibility rests with the vice-chancellor. Every manager, employee and student is responsible for contributing to the University´s aim towards a democratic and equal university.

Every Faculty/corresponding has a group working strategically with gender equality, diversity and equal opportunities, based on the circumstances specific to each Faculty.

The University also has a Council for gender equality and equal opportunities. The Council consists of members from the local groups at the faculties, students and union representatives. The council deals with university comprehensive matters and acts as council to the Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors Management Council on matters pertaining to gender equality and equal opportunities.

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