No gender data, no gender issues in academia. It is for this reason that the UNINA-GENOVATE team has decided to include gender budgeting as a key action in the institutional Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP). The results of this work, that is the First Gender Budget of the Ateneo Fridericiano, will be presented next Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at 9:30, in the Aula Pessina of the University of Naples Federico II.
Raw data and their focused analysis contained in the first UNINA Gender Budget can become a political and administrative tool to implement the principles of the University Statutes. As stated by the UNINA Rector, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, in the preface to the First Gender Budget of the Ateneo Fridericiano, “UNINA commits to ensuring equal gender opportunities by strenghtening workers’ protection, and by preventing any form of moral or psychological violence, any overt or covert form of discrimination based on gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, and language.”
The first UNINA Gender Budget illustrates how gender disparities persist on campus: while a growing number of women enrol in university and complete their doctorate, top-level academic positions as well as some fields of knowledge production still remain male dominated. These data show how cultural and structural barriers, on the one hand, contribute to women dropping out of university at the very beginning of scientific careers (i.e. the so-called ‘leaky pipeline’ phenomenon); on the other, the data show the persistence of horizontal and vertical segregation mechanisms, with some disciplinary fields and academic positions dominated by one gender only. Significant gender disparities and quite rigid divisions of labour also appear at the Administration level: male staff is, in general, in charge of technical-scientific roles, while women are, more frequently, in charge of technical-managerial jobs.
On the 7th of June 2016 at 9:30 am, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, Rector of the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II” will introduce the official presentation of the First Gender Budget of the Ateneo Fridericiano, together with Dr. Francesco Bello, UNINA Administrative Director; then Dr. Chiara Marciani, Councillor for Equal Opportunities of the Campania Region Adminsitrative Division; Dr. Simona Marino, City of Naples Councillor and Delegate of the City of Naples Department for Equal Opportunities; Dr. Concetta Giancola, President of the UNINA CUG (Comitato Unico di Garanzia = Equal Opportunities Committee); and Dr. Ofelia Pisanti, National Scientific Coordinator of GENOVATE will also provide some opening remarks.
In the following section, Dr. Luisa Pulejo, Università degli Studi di Messina (UNIME) will briefly introduce the gender budgeting theme followed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Antonella Liccardo, Coordinator of the Gender Budget working group of GENOVATE@UNINA, who will present the First Gender Budget of the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”.
The “Gender Budget as a tranformative tool in academia” round table will follow, moderated by Dr. Ilenia Picardi (project manager of GENOVATE@UNINA), with the participation of the renowned statistician Dr. Linda Laura Sabbadini, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2006); of Dr. Romana Frattini from CUN (Consiglio Universitario Nazionale = National University Council); and of Dr. Maria Carmela Agodi, Chair of the Research Network RN33-Women’s and Gender Studies of the European Sociological Association (ESA). Conclusive remarks will be provided by Dr. Gaetano Manfredi, UNINA Rector.
The official presentation of the First Gender Budget of the Ateneo Fridericiano is part of the “Happy Birthday Federico II – 1224-2016” initiatives to celebrate UNINA’s seven hundred and two years of academic activity, and it is realized under the patronage of the Italian National University Council (CUN).