Gender equality and equal opportunities
Gender equality and equal opportunities work at the University of Eastern Finland is based on legislation and the values of the university. The foundation and goal of gender equality and equal opportunities work is to identify and prevent expressions, structures and functions that maintain or increase inequality, and to promote gender equality and equal opportunities at all levels of the university.
The University of Eastern Finland takes an active approach to promoting equal opportunities with regard to all the grounds for discrimination listed in the Non-discrimination Act. The Act on Equality between Women and Men specifies that in addition to gender equality, attention must be paid to gender plurality and the prevention of discrimination against sexual minorities. The Non-discrimination Act further requires employers and education providers to make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons. Reasonable accommodation guarantees equal opportunities in participating in education, in performing work duties and in career advancement.
The University of Eastern Finland has an Equal Opportunities Committee comprising representatives of the personnel, the Student Union and the employer. The Rector of the university appoints the Equal Opportunities Committee after hearing the opinions of the staff associations and the Student Union.
The Equal Opportunities Committee has updated the Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Programme for years 2019 - 2020 and it describes the current situation regarding gender equality and equal opportunities at the university and measures intended to implement and promote gender equality and equal opportunities among personnel and students. The structure, content and objectives of the programme for years 2019 - 2020 mainly follows the programme for years 2017- 2018.