Gender-Sensitive Research Content

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Why Gender-Sensitive Research Contents?

Among other things, our toolbox includes the category »gender-sensitive research« which should include measures that take into account possible gender differences in research design and in the performance of research. As of today (December 2017), this category includes only a single example of practice, while in the »reconciliation of private and professional life« category there are already more than 20 practical examples.

What could be the reason for that?
Probably different reasons play an important role. On the one hand, topics such as reconciliation, but also career promotion or recruiting new talents are more understandable and tangible. You can immediately imagine concrete measures. Such measures have already been widely used in research organizations and companies and are an important tool for HR departments to attract, retain and develop employees. As a result, measures from these areas are generally well-known and familiar.

The topic »gender-sensitive research«, on the other hand, requires further explanation. It is not clearly defined what it is and different terminology is used for this topic, some of which overlap in content, such as “Gender Mainstreaming in Research”, “Gender Aspects in Research”, “Gendered Innovations”, “Gender in Research Content”. In addition, the inclusion of gender in research is not yet very widespread. There seems to be a lack of concrete measures that could be done by default.

What does already exist?

Nonetheless, there are already checklists that can help researchers to identify gender issues and prepared case studies from different research disciplines that show how gender aspects have been taken into account in the research process. The JERRI team has researched and compiled such checklists and case studies. The listing is not exhaustive. The order of the listing is purely coincidental.

The listing has three goals:

  • It should serve as an information base for those interested.
  • It aims to motivate researchers from research organizations to raise their awareness of gender in research and to incorporate gender aspects into their research work.
  • It is intended to encourage researchers from research organizations to make their own gender-conscious research activities (be it in the form of checklists, case studies or completely different) available in the Gender Diversity Toolbox.

Here you find various projects and initiatives that deal with gender-sensitive research content in different ways: