Gender equality: how global universities are performing
Gender equality has come a long way since International Women’s Day was founded 111 years ago. There are more women with access to education, and in senior leadership positions, and there is greater equality in civil and political rights.
But there is still far to go. Women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Women earn, on average, lower salaries than men and they are often still not present in equal numbers in business or politics. In many lower-income countries and in rural areas, women still have lower levels of access to education than men.
The Covid-19 pandemic has both shone a spotlight on these inequalities and raised new barriers for girls and women, leading to concerns that most of the equity gains of recent years could be lost if there is not sufficient intervention.
In this context, this report examines how well higher education institutions across the globe are performing when it comes to making progress towards gender equality, with worldwide and country-level analysis on 18 different indicators and detailed case studies from five universities that are leading on this work in their regions.