Gender-inclusive language

The equal treatment of women is also reflected in the language used to address them. Women no longer only want to be "included" in male formulations and instead wish to appear linguistically independent.

The linguistically equitable treatment of women and men is a topic that has long been discussed and debated. And yet concerns of this kind are still seen as unimportant, or are circumvented or ignored altogether.

The Equal Opportunity Officer advocates for the gender-inclusive use of language at the University of Bamberg. A flyer created by the Women's Representative at the University of Bamberg offers tips and provides examples of how you can use correct, gender-sensitive formulations.

You can find this flyer at the website for the Women’s Representatives (the guide is only available for German speakers).

You can also find more information on the topic at the following website (only available in German).

The Bavarian government has made its position on the matter known since January 1, 2004, when the amendment to the Guidelines for the Execution and Organization of Public Tasks and for Legislation in the Free State of Bavaria (Richtlinien für die Wahrnehmung und Organisation öffentlicher Aufgaben sowie für die  Rechtssetzung  im Freistaat Bayern) went into effect. New rules concerning equitable linguistic treatment of persons appears in this text (in German only).