International Colloquia Project

International Colloquia Project

Breaking barriers to female leadership in higher education

Colloquia-ProjectsWhile significant global progress has been made in women’s enrolment in higher education, a pyramid effect is still reflected in higher education leadership. Across Europe, for example, 45% of PhDs are done by women, yet 20% of male academics are top-grade professors while the corresponding rate for women is only 7%.

What are the barriers limiting women’s access to senior academic posts and the top decision-making positions? What strategies need to be implemented to address both direct and indirect discrimination in higher education institutions?

GWI and its national affiliates organised a series of one-day colloquia bringing together women in higher education leadership positions to discuss the situation in their respective countries. The findings from the different colloquia are compiled in a final report published in August 2013.

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GWI’s office is relocating to another Geneva location on 16 August.  For a few days, we will have limited access to our emails, telephone and website. We appreciate your understanding during this time of positive change. We will be back to normal working conditions on Monday, 21 August.


Thank you, GWI Staff.


Les bureaux de GWI seront en cours de déménagement a Geneve le 16 Août. Pendant quelques jours, nous aurons un accès limité à nous emails, téléphone et site web. Nous vous remercions d’avance pour votre compréhension pendant ce changement. Nous serons de retour à la normale le lundi 21 Août.


Merci, l’équipe GWI.