Created by University Ca’ Foscari - Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, the Toolkit is targeted at Research Organizations with a focus on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and IST (Information System Technology) with an interest in setting up actions aimed at improving and achieving gender balance in a research field where women are still a minority and where scientific and applied research are male oriented in many different ways.

In this Toolkit you will find selected inspirational examples to achieve gender equality in research organizations: we strived to maximize the presence of good practices and examples coming from ICT/IST Departments/Schools, but whereas this was not possible, we included also cases where the initiative was taken by central offices of the research institution.

At EQUAL-IST we work in the framework of promoting structural/institutional change in research by using Gender Equality Plans, although  the examples to be found here could be implemented outside as individual measures as well.

We advise you to consult the section on “Why this toolkit and how to use it before starting to navigate”, then register and use the search functionality to navigate contents per areas or what we named ‘categories’ (Mobilizing stakeholders, Governance and Decision Making, Human Resources Management, Teaching and Student Services, Gender in Research Content and Institutional Communication and type of information (Good Practice, Guidelines, Inspirational Examples, Promising practices, Tools and Rationale). Don’t forget to send us your feedback by rating contents and to submit your own example to enrich the Toolkit!  

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