Many people encounter sexism in very different ways in their everyday lives. By joining the alliance "Together against sexism", Paderborn University is sending out a clear signal: Violations of boundaries, degradation or abuse of power based on gender will not be tolerated in any form. Founded by Federal Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus in February 2023, the alliance already has over 480 members from all over Germany, including the Federal Cabinet. The European Academy for Women in Politics and Business Berlin (EAF) is implementing the initiative together with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).
"Sexism must neither take place on an individual level nor be anchored in the social structures in which we live. It can lead to unequal distribution of opportunities and to sexual harassment and even violence," explains Dr. Annika Hegemann, Central Equal Opportunities Officer at Paderborn University. In a joint declaration, the alliance partners from all over Germany are in favour of recognising sexism at an early stage, looking at it and showing how it can be effectively countered.
In addition, Paderborn University's Central Equal Opportunities Officer offers support for university members affected by sexualised discrimination and violence.
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