Gender Equality University of Zurich

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The University of Zurich supports the promotion and implementation of genuine equality between women and men and aims to achieve a balanced representation of women and men at all levels and in all functions. The equality goals of the UZH are laid down in the University Act, the University of Zurich Mission Statement, and the Gender Policy Code of Conduct. Also, through its membership of LERU, the University of Zurich actively contributes to the continued advancement of gender equality in European policy on research, innovation and science.

The Gender Policy Code of Conduct comprises the seven basic principles of the gender equlity policy of the UZH, which stand for a vibrant and active culture of equality. The Code of Conduct applies to all staff and students at the UZH. The UZH moreover has a set of regulations to protect all its staff and students against sexual harassment, and a guideline to gender-sensitive as well as precise and elegant language usage.

The Executive Board of the University of Zurich support the faculties in their activites and efforts to achieve gender equality, and it is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of all structures and institutions with a bearing on gender equality at the UZH. UZH’s Gender Equality Action Plan describes the main equality-related projects and priorities for the years 2017-2020.

Legal Documentation UZH

Legal Documentation canton of Zurich

Legal Documentation Switzerland

Constitution (1981)  
Article 8 Part 3: Men and women shall have equal rights. The law shall ensure their equality, both in law and in practice, most particularly in the family, in education, and in the workplace. Men and women shall have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
Gender Equality Act (1995)

Article 1: This Act has the aim of furthering true equality between women and men.

Federal Act on Financial Aid to Universities and on Cooperation in the Field of University Education (1999) Article 2b: The Federal Government and University Cantons shall encourage measures to achieve equal opportunity for men and women at all university levels.

Legal Documentation International

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979), signed by Switzerland in 1997). CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end it.