(Vienna, 08 March 2022) Even today, women still face particular problems in their careers and suffer greater professional consequences of parenthood. To mark this year's International Women's Day, MedUni Vienna and University Hospital Vienna are presenting two contact points within the two institutions dedicated to equality of opportunity and the advancement of women.
MedUni Vienna and University Hospital Vienna are committed to gender equality in all areas and on all levels. They aim to provide staff from all areas and specialties, irrespective of their gender, with every opportunity for career development, so that they can achieve their full potential, thus ensuring excellence in patient care, research and teaching. With the Equal Opportunities Working Group at MedUni Vienna and the female liaison officers at University Hospital Vienna, the two institutions have two central points of contact dedicated to these goals.
Equal Opportunities Working Group: contact point for employees and students
In accordance with the University Act 2002, the Equal Opportunities Working Group is tasked with combatting discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or world view, age or sexual orientation and advising and supporting university members and bodies on these issues.
"One of the Equal Opportunities Working Group's key aims is the ongoing development of concepts to promote the equality and advancement of women at our university, both in the clinical and preclinical sectors," states Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Chair of MedUni Vienna's Equal Opportunities Working Group.
The Working Group can also be accessed by employees and students of MedUni Vienna as a point of contact for equal opportunities issues. Its members are bound by confidentiality and will only act on a complaint with the complainant’s consent.
The Equal Opportunities Working Group is independent and free to act as it thinks fit. Members advocate for equality and the advancement of women in decision-making processes, HR policy, research and teaching, as well as target agreements.
Equal opportunities female liaison officers at University Hospital Vienna
Within University Hospital Vienna there are four female liaison officers available for employees to contact directly on matters relating to the equality and advancement of women. Overall, there are currently 140 female liaison officers working on behalf of the City of Vienna. Liaison officers advise and support employees and managers, inform them about their rights and possible courses of action, and work to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Vienna Equal Opportunities Act - in recruitment procedures, for example. The liaison officers at University Hospital Vienna are also independent and have freedom of action, as well as being bound by confidentiality.
To mark International Women's Day, representatives from the Equal Opportunities Working Group and female liaison officers will make short statements outlining their goals and major milestones: