Gender Equality Annual Report 2015

I have great pleasure in presenting to the entire community of our University the first edition of Gender Report, which, in January 2016, was conceived and promoted by the Guarantee Committee for Equal Opportunities, Employee Wellbeing and Non-Discrimination at Work.

The Gender Report was compiled due to the need and choice to be transparent in relation to opportunities for study, research and work at our University in a gender perspective, the desire to promote a growing awareness of the disparities that still exist and, finally, the willingness to take on specific responsibilities in order to ensure that such disparities can, in the time required, gradually be reduced and, as I strongly hope, eradicated. Today, this Gender Report is a starting point, an important and meticulous context analysis tool, an overview of the calendar year 2015.

The fourth section of the document illustrates the initiatives, events and funding implemented in 2015 with the aim to promote equal opportunities, whereas the third section, the one regarding gender composition at the Alma Mater, shows us that our past commitment is not enough. In fact, if, on the one hand, we can observe reassuring parallel paths between male and female students, doctoral students, research fellows and researchers, on the other hand the disparities in the role of male and female associate professors, but even more that of male and female full professors, show that there is still a long way to go. In addition, the involvement of males and females in the management of University life is interesting food for thought. Even if the principle of equal opportunities is now shared unanimously, its implementation is still far from complete.

This first edition of Gender Report is a starting point, a tool for analysing the current situation. In the future, it will be a tool for evaluating our choices and the commitments we will undertake, and it will be interesting to juxtapose context analysis with the actions and "political" and cultural answers that we will give from now on.

Francesco Ubertini