Male Students Favoured in University Application

31 female students are suing the University of Lund, in the South of Sweden, after claiming to have been subject to gender based discrimination.

In the Swedish Daily Dagens Nyheter, their legal counsel write that they are also reporting the Equality Ombudsman to the Parliamentary Ombudsmen for failing to look at the case.

According to the 31 women, they have been passed over in favour of male applicants in the admission process to a degree in Psychology. And the Swedish Equality Ombudsman is unwilling to look at any cases regarding gender based discrimination until a similar case, which has gone to the Appeal’s Court and is likely to become precedent, has been settled.  

According to a survey carried out by the Swedish Centre for Justice (CFR), 75% of Swedish universities are using gender based selection, in up to 5400 cases only in 2009. According to CFR, 95% of the cases it is women who lose out. The reason behind the new criteria, says CFR, is that the universities are aiming for a more balanced gender distribution among their students.

Currently about 60% of students enrolled in higher education in Sweden are female, mostly due to female students graduating from secondary school with higher grades and because a higher percentage of the female students apply for university.  

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