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  • Le 16 June 2021
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The University of Nantes has adopted a plan of 50 priority actions to integrate gender equality and the fight against discrimination in all aspects of its operations.

With 37,000 students and 4,000 staff members, the University of Nantes is naturally concerned by issues of inclusion and equality between women and men. The university bears a double responsibility, as stated by Françoise Le Fichant, vice-rector in charge of social responsibility: "We must question our own practices, to offer the best work and study conditions for our community, as well as support societal changes, through our teaching and research activities."

In May 2021, the University of Nantes adopted an action plan to adress these concerns, for staff and students. This plan was developed collectively with teacher-researchers, administrative staff, representatives of university authorities and students. It is structured around 50 actions spread over 10 major areas such as salaries, parenthood, work-life balance, menstrual insecurity, fight against sexual and gender-based violence...

"I have placed gender equality among the priorities of my mandate, adds Carine Bernault, president of the University of Nantes, to accelerate our evolution towards a more inclusive university, fighting against all forms of discrimination. The University of Nantes is determined to change views and modify individual and collective behavior, through balancing the place and representation of women and men at all levels of its organization."

The action plan is available here (in French)