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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.

Increased gender equality and ethnic and social diversity are matters of justice and democracy. All employees should have the same rights, obligations and opportunities in all essential areas of life. 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

A policy on gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity has been developed as the basis for the University’s work with equal opportunities and gender equality. The policy includes six areas of action which the University has chosen to focus on:

  • Discrimination
  • Equal opportunities
  • Recruitment and promotion
  • Leadership
  • Salaries and terms of employment
  • Gender and intersectional perspectives

The policy does not have a time limit and the results of gender equality and equal opportunities work shall be reported annually in a gender equality report.

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.

Joint efforts on gender equality, diversity, equal opportunities for students and equal terms for employees take place within the University-wide management group for gender equality and equal opportunities. The management group addresses strategic and University-wide issues. The group will propose and initiate various gender equality and equal opportunities measures in efforts to combat all forms of discrimination. In turn, each faculty has its own corresponding groups.


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