With 37,000 students and 4,000 staff members, the University of Nantes is naturally concerned with issues of inclusion and equality between women and men. The university bears a double responsibility, as stated by Françoise Le Fichant, vice-rector in charge of social responsibility: “We must question our own practices to offer the best work and study conditions for our community, as well as support societal changes, through our teaching and research activities.”
In May 2021, the University of Nantes adopted an action plan to address these concerns, for staff and students. This plan was developed collectively with teacher-researchers, administrative staff, representatives of university authorities and students. It is structured around 50 actions spread over 10 major areas such as salaries, parenthood, work-life balance, menstrual insecurity, the fight against sexual and gender-based violence, and more.
“I have placed gender equality among the priorities of my mandate,” adds Carine Bernault, president of the University of Nantes, “to accelerate our evolution towards a more inclusive university, fighting against all forms of discrimination. The University of Nantes is determined to change views and modify individual and collective behaviour, through balancing the place and representation of women and men at all levels of its organisation.”
The action plan is available here (in French)
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