GATI Gender Equity Charter
We acknowledge that the role of higher education and research institutions is to serve a broad diversity of students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders providing equal opportunity to all.
We realize that diversity enhances excellence and academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can create systems to value, nurture and benefit from the talents of all in the community.
We acknowledge that people of all genders are equally capable of making valuable contributions and promoting excellence in all areas of human enterprise.
We recognize, in particular, the importance of advancing gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) areas.
We are deeply concerned that discouraging experiences, implicit and explicit bias inhibit the full participation of women in science at all stages and acknowledge the need for effective implementation of policy on sexual harassment for creating an enabling environment.
We are deeply concerned about the high rate of loss of women across the career pipeline, their underrepresentation in the profession – in particular, in leadership roles.
We recognize that all individuals have identities shaped by different factors at different stages of their career and that institutional support structures are required for facilitating work and enhancing professional contribution of all, in particular of women.
We acknowledge that advancing gender equality requires strong leadership, participative action and sustained effort to bring in systemic and cultural changes through well deliberated policy initiatives at all levels of the organization.
We commit to creating a safe and nurturing environment for women and developing action plans for removing the barriers to their progression in particular, at major points of career development including the transition from higher studies into a sustainable academic career and advancement to the top positions thereafter.
We believe that mainstreaming, assimilating and sustaining positive impact policies and actions for gender advancement will bring transformative changes in the overarching climate and socio-cultural ethos leading the institution towards distinctive excellence.