Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT
Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson (Social Democrat). Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

Government to invest in making universities more gender equal

Investing money to encourage more gender equality at Swedish colleges and universities will be one point in the government's forthcoming budget proposal, reports Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Even though 60 percent of students at seats of higher learning are women, only 25 percent of professors are women, according to the government.

"We see that we're not as equal as we would like to be. The increase of women professors that we have seen since 1999 has slowed down. It had been at one percent a year until two or three years ago, but now that rate has been halved," Helene Hellmark Knutsson (Social Democrat), Minister for Higher Education and Research, told the newspaper.

Beginning next year, the red-green government wants to invest SEK 5 million per year in Gothenburg University and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, which would act to support all colleges and universities in striving to create more gender equal environments.

The government will present its full budget to Parliament on Monday.

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