The responsibilities of Women’s Representatives at Bavarian universities are defined as follows by the Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz 2006): [Please note that English translations of German laws are not legally binding and only the original German version is relevant for official concerns.]
"Women's Representatives concern themselves with the prevention of disadvantages for female researchers, teachers, and students; they support the university in the execution of the tasks set forth by paragraph 1." (BayHschG, Art. 4, Abs. 2, Satz 1)
The aforementioned paragraph 1 reads as follows:
“Universities promote the effective implementation of equality between women and men in the performance of their tasks and consider this as a guiding principle; they work toward eliminating existing disadvantages. In order to implement equality between women and men, women are provided support to improve their skills, qualifications, and professional performance (Article 33 (2) of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany [Grundgesetz]). The aim of this support is to increase the proportion of women at all levels of German academia.”
You can find information on women at the University of Bamberg as well as information on the Women's Advisory Council, the legal protection of working and studying mothers and the Family Services Office, the office of the Women's Representatives, and various other female representatives in our flyer(4.1 MB, 2 pages) (in German, 4.1 MB).
The Responsibilities of the Women's Representatives
In addition to providing advice to individuals and following up on gender equality violations, the responsibilities of the Women´s Representatives include but are not limited to:
- Coordinating programs to promote women’s participation in research and teaching
- Working on public relations in support of the concerns of female students and researchers
- Reporting on the situation of female students and researchers at the University of Bamberg
- Carrying out committee work in all university committees
- Supporting gender studies in research and teaching
- Providing advice to all members of the university on gender equality work (gender consulting)
- Confidentially counseling students and (early-career) researchers with personal and university-related concerns
Gender equality work is organized in a variety of ways at the University of Bamberg. The administrative committee for women's issues at the University of Bamberg is the Women's Advisory Council (Frauenbeirat). In addition to the Equal Opportunity Officers (Gleichstellungsbeauftragten), who are responsible for administrative staff, this council also includes the Family Ombudswoman, female student representatives, and both the Women´s Representatives of all faculties and the university’s Women´s Representatives. The Women's Office serves as a central point of contact for initial inquiries, but all Women's Representatives can also be contacted directly.