The gender equity policy and measures against violence approved by a Colombian university. Photo: University of Caldas
Gender equity, especially in educational institutions, generates controversy due to the few complaint channels that exist at the disposal of students, teachers and other officials. In this regard, the University of Caldas achieved an important advance in the matter by approving a policy of gender equality, identity, sexual orientation and non-discrimination.
This measure, approved in ordinary session by the Higher Council of the university, aims to ensure equality in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation. With this, measures of “Prevention, detection, attention, accompaniment, monitoring and punishment of acts of violence, discrimination and prejudice”.
According to the institution’s statement, attacks of this type are generated by cultural constructions and social structures that perpetrate discrimination against women, gender expression, diverse identities and sexual orientations. The institution assured that the text was created by all the university spheres.
“Said document is the result of a construction elaborated by different actors of the university community, including professors, professors, students, graduates, graduates and administrative personnel”, assured.
Within the policy, a Committee for Equity and Non-Discrimination is included, which aims to be the body that coordinates and guides the equity policy. This will be made up of the head of the University Welfare office, two representatives of the students, two representatives of the teachers, a representative of the graduates, two representatives of the administrative staff, a representative of the program directorates, a representative of the directorates department, a representative of the deans and the delegate of the special group on equity and non-discrimination.
The main aspects that said committee will deal with are the promotion of equity within the institution, the prevention of violence, accompaniment of victims, disciplinary measures, and evaluation and monitoring.
In an official address, the rector of the institution, Alejandro Ceballos Márquez, stressed that the initiative is driven by the demand of the population that constitutes the university. “This was a policy that the community was eagerly asking for and the administration is absolutely committed to the need to have this document, which allows actions to be taken in search of gender equality”, expressed the leader of the institution.
Colombia promotes international cooperation for gender equality
On September 3, the Colombian government held the ‘International High Level Meeting for the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equity’ with which it seeks to promote the 16 initiatives carried out by the Council for Equity of Women in the country.
This meeting led by the presidential advisor for Equality for Women, Gheidy Gallo Santos; and the general director of the Presidential Cooperation Agency (APC), Ángela Ospina, seeks to advance in the consolidation of the Equity Pact for Women of the National Development Plan 2018 – 2022, which aims to achieve social and productive inclusion through entrepreneurship.
“The achievements, the goals, but above all the challenges that will be concentrated in the projects that have already been presented in the different spaces, at the technical cooperation table, but that are key for the country at this very important moment of economic and social reactivation”, Director Ospina pointed out.
For her part, the presidential advisor explained the generalities of each of these projects that seek that by 2030 Colombia be considered as the international leader of this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that contemplates gender equality.
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