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Gender Issues
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About the Gender Issues Committee

The committee was originally set up in 1991 in order to act as a focal point on gender issues on the recommendations of the Women in Society Secretariat. Its terms of reference are to advise the University Council on issues of gender equality. The Committee works on several areas including the identification of sources of unequal opportunities or treatment with respect to gender, and promotes a policy of equal opportunity.  

The Gender Issues Committee (GIC) also receives and monitors complaints from University staff and students regarding sex discriminatory practices with the recommendation of appropriate action, and liaises closely with the Sexual Harassment Advisors and is in fact planning to launch a campaign next academic year against Sexual Harassment. The Gender Issues Committee also promotes teaching and research that reflects the knowledge, experience, and aspirations of both men and women.

Ongoing work includes the establishment of networks with individuals and organisations with similar objectives, from outside the University and from the international scene. The GIC is seeking ways of raising the profile of university employees and students. One of the initiatives of the GIC was a Mentoring Scheme for students. The GIC has also collaborated with the Health Promotion Department to create a Degree Plus Module for students. The students will participate in interactive discussions about different aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Click here to view the Gender Issues Policy [PDF].



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