On this page, you will find inclusive policies and initiatives relating to legal gender. In terms of policy, we interpret gender in a wider sense and include initiatives related to gender identity under the LGBTQ+ field of expertise

Discover the latest gender statistics at the UAntwerp (2024)

This report provides an insight into the gender among students, doctoral candidates and academic staff. The gender balance in the main policy-making bodies is also presented.  

1. Policy  

1.1. Gender Equality Plan (2021)  

Since 2008, UAntwerp has actively assumed its social responsibility in creating a more inclusive organisation with equal opportunities for students and staff. For this purpose, the University of Antwerp published the strategic action plan “Sustainable gender policy for academic staff” in 2014 and the comprehensive gender report “Gender at the University of Antwerp” in 2018. The measures from these action plans that have a direct or indirect impact on gender equality at our institution are summarised in the Gender Equality Plan. In the past, our gender policy mainly focused on eliminating the underrepresentation of women in the highest academic ranks. Today, it is part of the broader policy on diversity and inclusion.    

1.2. Charter Gender in Academia (2019)  

On the 26th of June in 2019, the University of Antwerp signed the Charter on Gender in Academia, as did the other Flemish universities. The document was created by the Young Academy (JA) and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR). It builds on these universities' ongoing efforts and aims to accelerate gender equality in academia. 

1.3. Reporting gender statistics (2023) 

The report 'Gender statistics at University of Antwerp January 2023' provides an overview of the gender balance of academic staff and students. The report offers insight into the progress that has been made towards gender equality. The data in this report is derived from the Power Business Intelligence System Gender (Power BI Gender). Due to privacy and payroll restrictions, the current HR system only registers legal gender. For this reason, this report is only concerned with data that relates to legal gender. Our policy interprets gender in a wider sense that includes gender identity (M/W/X). This analysis also helps to identify areas where future gender policy can focus on. 

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2. Gender network at UAntwerp  

2.1. A* Network  

The A* Network is a research network that aims to bring together and highlight research and expertise on gender and sexuality at the University of Antwerp. 

 More information? Visit the website The Antwerp Gender and Sexuality Studies Network A* 

3. Initiatives for a gender inclusive university  

The University of Antwerp aims to be inclusive for all. In doing so, we take into account the specific hurdles that certain (groups of) people experience at our institution. The following inclusive initiatives explicitly address gender: 

Inclusive university  

For students  

For staff