Gender Portal

Welcome to the gender portal of Paderborn University!

For many years, the University of Paderborn has actively promoted equal opportunities, a gender- and family-friendly working culture and the inclusion of gender issues in research and teaching. It has repeatedly received awards for its gender equality strategies, including the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university audit) and the "Total E-Quality-Prädikat" (Total E-Quality Award). In 2009, it was also awarded the Gender Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for the best gender equality concept. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has also repeatedly placed it in the highest rating category for the implementation of the DFG's gender equality standards.

Equal participation of women and men in all social processes has not yet been achieved. Raising awareness of this issue in research and teaching as well as working towards a culture of equal opportunities at universities are central concerns of gender equality at Paderborn University. Since the function of the Equal Opportunities Officer was introduced in 1987, she has been working for equality between women and men and the elimination of existing disadvantages in accordance with the legal mandate. In order to achieve equal participation of women in all areas, specific equality measures and support programmes are initiated. An important goal is to create a culture of family-friendliness in everyday life; this includes measures to improve the compatibility of studies or work and family, such as the Family Service Office.

Since 2009, the Centre for Gender Studies (ZG) has also existed at the level of academic theory formation, which, among other things, coordinates existing offers in teaching, supervises a Master's (part) programme in Gender Studies and regularly holds lecture series, conferences and also its own research projects. Furthermore, the initiative "Women Shape the Information Society" organises and hosts various offers for schoolgirls in the field of mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology (MINT).

On the following pages you will find information on the topics of equality and gender. On the basis of the diverse information offers as well as on the websites of the respective institutions, you have the opportunity to inform yourself about the individual offers and projects at Paderborn University.

In 2021, the page "Gender Studies at Paderborn University as an Interdisciplinary Science" was created, which brings together teachers and researchers from different academic fields and makes them visible.


Teaching and Studying

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Gender Studies

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Gender Equality at UPB

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Gender Research/Gender Studies at UPB

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Offers and Funding Opportunities

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FAQ Equality

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Gender Glossary

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Dr. Annika Hegemann


Room E2.103
Paderborn University
Pohlweg 55
33098 Paderborn

Dr. Claudia Mahs

Zentrum für Geschlechterstudien / Gender Studies

Room H5.206
Paderborn University
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn

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Sprechstunden: Studierende der UPB buchen bitte einen Termin über den Komo Kurs: KW.23.057 Sprechstunde Dr. Claudia Mahs

(Interessierte am Masterstudiengang Geschlechterstudien und  an der Anerkennungssprechstunde für den Masterstudiengang Geschlechterstudien sowie für Beratungen zum Mutterschutz schreiben mir bitte einfach eine Mail.)

Roxana Carls

Frauen gestalten die Informationsgesellschaft

Room P1.6.09.1
Paderborn University
Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn

+49 5251 60-3003 Send E-Mail Directions


Audit Family-Friendly University

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University underwent the audit family-friendly university and was awarded a certificate as the first university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Audit Diversity-Friendly University

On 15 March 2023, berufundfamilie’s board of trustees awarded Paderborn University with the audit certificate.

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Paderborn University received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for its equal opportunities-oriented personnel policy for the first time in 2009.

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Diversity Charter & Association

In October 2011, Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter.

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Charter for the Reconciliation of Career and Care

In April 2023, Paderborn University signed the Charter for reconciliation of career and care.

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[Translate to English:] Logo Zertifikat „audit familiengerechte hochschule“
Logo "audit vielfaltgerechte hochschule" certificate
Logo of the "TOTAL E-QUALITY" initiative
Logo of the "Charter of Diversity" voluntary commitment
Charter on Reconciliation of Work and Care