Gender equality and equal opportunities at the VH Faculty

Last changed: 02 September 2020
Three students in conversation at Ultuna Campus

Equal opportunities work should be an ingrated part of the core activities at SLU. Our university should be including and characterised by openness and equality. We should take advantage of the diversity that staff and students bring with them as a result of their varying backgrounds, lifestyles and competences.

Equal opportunities means that all staff, students and applicants should feel equally welcome. Everyone should be offered the same opportunities, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity or expression, disability, ethnicity, religion or other belief, or age.

Active measures (Equality ombudsman)

Gender mainstreaming at SLU

Equal opportunities - action plan

Members of the VH Faculty's gender equality and equal opportunities committee

Definitions

What is discrimination?

A simplified description of the Discrimination Act's definition of discrimination is when a person is treated disfavourably or when a person's dignity is violated. The disfavourable treatment or the violation of a person's dignity must have a connection to one of the seven grounds of discrimination. Discrimination can be direct or indirect. Inadequate accessibility, harassment, sexual harassment and instructions to discriminate are also forms of discrimination.

The concept of discrimination can, in a broad sense, include events or chains of events that a person has experienced as, for instance, insulting, unfair, racist, unjust, unequal and so on. However, there are often differences between the legal definitions of discrimination and what people may experience as discriminatory. Here we describe how the Discrimination Act defines discrimination as well as the central concepts that are connected to the definition in the law.

The legal definition of discrimination

A simplified description of the legal definition of discrimination is when a person is treated disfavourably or when a person's dignity is violated. The disfavourable treatment or the violation of a person's dignity must also be related to one of the seven grounds of discrimination:

  • sex
  • transgender identity or expression
  • ethnicity
  • religion or other belief
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age.

The law prohibits six forms of discrimination: direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, inadequate accessibility, harassment, sexual harassment and instructions to discriminate.

https://www.do.se/other-languages/english/what-is-discrimination/

What is Harassment?

Harassment and sexual harassment are two forms of discrimination. Harassment is an act that violates someone's dignity and is linked to one or more of the seven grounds for discrimination. Harassment can also be of a sexual nature and is then called sexual harassment.

Harassment is an act that violates someone's dignity and is linked to one or more of the seven grounds for discrimination. It can be about comments, gestures or bullying. Examples of harassment may be a student who mocks another student for being gay.

Harassment can also be of a sexual nature. It is then called sexual harassment. In addition to comments and words, it may be touch etc. It can also be about unwelcome compliments, invitations and suggestions.

What are "Equal opportunities"?

The term "equal opportunities" is used to describe the work against discrimination.

What is Gender Equality?

Gender equality is usually defined as women and men having the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all areas of life. The area includes issues such as power, influence, finances, health, education, work and physical integrity.

What are the norms?

Social norm - a sociological concept for intersubjective, generally shared, but often implicit, rules and expectations of behavior that apply within a smaller social community or in society at large.

Department contacts for gender equality and equal opportunities


Contact

Maja Malmberg,
Researcher and vice dean, responsible for gender equality and equal opportunities
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, SLU
maja.malmberg@slu.se, +46(0)18-67 27 77

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