Policy: Gender Equality Plan

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In the framework of the project Pilot experiences for improving gender equality in research organisations, financed by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 programme (Call: Science with and for Society, H2020-SwafS-2017-1), the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI) has set-up a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) to foster gender equality and strengthen the participation of female employees within the departments of the organisation. The customised Gender Equality Plan developed lies in the following target areas:

  • work-life balance;
  • reducing the gender gap in decision-making bodies;
  • reducing gender gap among researchers;
  • improving the use of gender-neutral language in organization’s documents;
  • mentoring and supporting the career and excellence of female researchers.

Among others, the plan includes the establishment of equal participation of the two genders in Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute (CNTI)'s Board of Directors for a period of at least five years and the introduction of the possibility of flexible working hours as well as remote work in order to improve the work-life balance of the employees.

In the context of R&I PEERS project, the Gender Equality Plan has been implemented as a pilot policy for the period 2018 - 2022. The GEP was formally adopted by a relevant Board Resolution on 29 Jan 2019 and came into action with its publication on this wiki. Following recommendations from experts, including proposals by the EIGE, the GEP has been revised, and the current version 2 is now available online. As of the 1st of January 2022, the Board of Directors has decided, based on the outcomes of its implementation period, its continuation for the next years, and a Gender Equality Officer has been assigned to overview its implementation.

Full access to the GEP is granted here.

Yearly Review of GEP and Policies

The Board of Directors is responsible to initiate a yearly review for compliance with the Gender Equality Policies. The review is conducted by the GE Officer.

The Gender Equality Policy has a related procedure within the Procedure: Hiring process.