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Equality Unit. Presentation



The Equality Unit of the Universitat de València, created by agreement of the Governing Council in October of 2007, is aimed at ensuring equality amongst men and women.

Among other objectives, the following stand out:


We elaborate and develop the necessary programmes to promote equal opportunities policies in the Universitat:

  • Personnel Policies: Conciliation and Co-responsibility, training, access and professional career and risk prevention.
  • Policies for Key University Processes: Teaching, Research, Innovation and Transfer.
  • University governance in equality and coordination of the specific actions to be undertaken by the different bodies, centres and services.
  • Dissemination of the Culture of Equality: Workshops, Debates, Conferences... that improve university and social perception of the importance of implementing the need for equality amongst men and women.


In addition, we count in on with the Equality Observatory, a crucial asset to making visible the inequalities amongst women and men in the university fields through studies and reports.


The Equality Unit of the Universitat de València is also in charge of assisting:

  • Accusations of sexual assault that are related to the university community in the relationships between PAS, PDI or Alumna.
  • Victims of gender violence, in order to protect them from their partner or ex-partner in the UV outbuildings, as well as in other academic and psychological needs


One of the main challenges I am facing with this position is favouring and encouraging that the Universitat de València is an Equal, Diverse, Inclusive and Sustainable university, spreading thus this innovative policy.

Implementing the concept of equality amongst women and men and fixating it in the key processes of the Universitat are challenges of a policy that has an important trajectory in this institution and that now, more than ever before, we want to amplify.

The III Plan for Equality of the Universitat de València that we are working on is essential to carry out a series of objectives like teaching and research with a gender perspective, as well as the conciliation of work life and PAS and PDI.

We are worried about the loss of scientific talent in women, which is why we would like to outrun time and prevent gender gap in STEM studies. In order to do so, we will keep on studying and planning innovative projects without losing sight of the unquestionable value of having a female presence in degrees of Health and Education.

Lastly, we are extremely alarmed by the violence against women in universities, a space which is sadly defined by power relations and gender. It is fundamental to trade silence for tolerance zero before disrespectful behaviours, which is why we have and will implement protocols to prevent and react if faced with gender violence and assault.

Ultimately, we work to guarantee that this institution and the life in classrooms and campuses is an equal and violence free space.

Elena Martínez García
Vice-rector of Equality, Diversity and Sustainability