06/21/2019 | Pressemitteilung

30 ye­ars of wo­men's re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves at Hes­sian uni­ver­si­ties – Kassel Uni­ver­si­ty as the pioneer in­sti­tu­ti­on

30 years ago, the first full-time women's representative at a Hessian university was appointed at the University of Kassel. The University is celebrating the anniversary with an event on 25 June and is upholding its pledge to equality and diversity.

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On April 1st 1989, sports scientist Dr. Helga Adolphs was appointed as the first women's representative at the then-named Comprehensive University of Kassel. This happened even before the “Hessian Equal Opportunities Act” came into force in the mid-1990s which made women's representatives mandatory for universities. Students and academic staff had been campaigning to establish such a position in Kassel.

"At the time, our university was one of the first in Hesse to embark on a path that was followed by other universities and which is far from finished," says Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, President of Kassel University. "For example, it is important to further increase the proportion of women holding professorships and to see the increasing diversity of personnel not only as a challenge but also as a great opportunity.”

A publication launched on the anniversary shows how the tasks have changed over time: The former "Women's Representative Office "is now called the" Women's and Equal Opportunities Office". Under the direction of Dr. Sylke Ernst, it has been active in the fields of gender equality, family and diversity for more than six years.

"Gender equality work is now a permanent and self-evident part of the university, and gender equality strategies are constantly being developed. The focus of our gender equality work is not solely on the gap between men and women but rather on questions how gender interacts with other diversity categories," says Dr. Ernst.

"We are clearly committed to a multifaceted university that understands and promotes diversity as an essential resource for success. We will make this attitude clear time and again, especially in times when the equivalence of biographies and life plans of some people is questioned," adds Finkeldey.

"30 Years Women's Representative - Promotion of Women - Gender Equality Work" on Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Gießhaus of the University of Kassel, Mönchebergstraße 5.


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Sebastian Mense

University of Kassel

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