Area of responsibility of the local women’s representative and gender equality officer
The main task of the local women’s representative and gender equality officer consists in representing the interests of all women of the department of biology, chemistry, pharmacy. Therefor she must be involved in all recruitment processes and appeal proceedings. Moreover, women and gender research is promoted in the different disciplines of the department. For this, funding exist that could be granted for projects.
Regarding the financial promotion the local women’s representative and gender equality officer offers deliberations. Other topics you can talk about with her are sexual harassment, discrimination, stalking and other similar encroachments or attacks (Guideline of dealing with sexual harassment and discrimination – German version only)
For the entire Free University of Berlin is working the chief gender equality officer, who is organised with the other women’s representative and gender equality officer of the other university in different umbrella organizations. Beyond, there are elected local women’s representative and gender equality officer at each department, also at the institutions external to the university.
The elections take place every two years. All female members of the department vote an election committee, which consists of eight female members. These elect the local women’s representative and gender equality officer and her substitute. The chief gender equality officer (every 4 years) and her two substitutes (every 2 years) are elected by the women’s council. Latter in turn is elected by all female members of the university. (Election regulations for the women’s representative and gender equality officers and her substitute – German version only)
The local women’s representative and gender equality officers of the Free University of Berlin meet and confer together once a month at the so called plenary session.
The members of the central women’s representative and gender equality office link up with the local women’s representative and gender equality officers to invite to various activities like the Girls’ Day.
„The state shall promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and take steps to eliminate disadvantages that now exist.“ (Art. 3 Abs. 2 Sentence 2 Basic Law)
The area of responsibility of the women’s representative and gender equality officer are determined just by this sentence of the German Basic Law, you can find an extensive collection of juristic texts (only in German) on the website of the chief gender equality officer. For those who are interested we recommend the following documents (only in German):
- the female promotion plan of the department
- the guideline for female promotion of the Free University Berlin
- plan for equation of the Free University Berlin
- standards of equation for all universities in Berlin