The Director General of BBMRI-ERIC, Jens Habermann, has approved the Gender Equality Plan (GEP) that has now been made public on our website. The GEP was written by Mónica Cano Abadía, who has been appointed Gender, Equality, and Diversity Specialist.
BBMRI-ERIC believes that gender equality benefits research and innovation by improving the quality and relevance of the research process, by attracting and retaining more talent, and by ensuring that everyone can maximize their potential. As a result, BBMRI-ERIC aims at embedding gender equality principles in its organisational culture. Our goal is to make new treatments possible in the most inclusive way possible, making sure that women, men, nonbinary people, and the entire diversity spectrum are equally taken into account.
The plan describes a set of commitments and actions aiming to promote gender equality through institutional and cultural change, inspired by the five fields suggested by the European Commission: 1) work-life balance and organisational culture, 2) gender balance in leadership and decision-making, 3) gender equality in recruitment and career progression, 4) integration of the gender dimension into research and teaching content, and 5) measures against gender-based violence including sexual harassment.
For more information, please read our full GEP here.