With GATI, India joins the other International gender Equality Charters. The aim is to nudge higher education institutions and research institutions towards supporting diversity, inclusion and the full spectrum of talent for their own success and progression. In particular, it aspires to create an enabling environment for equal participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) disciplines at all levels, addressing deep-rooted problems. The program has two components. One entails endorsing the GATI charter of principles to explicitly recognize prevalent inequities and commit to overcoming these. Second, it entails a research-based participatory self-assessment process for ushering transformative and sustainable changes through specific actions.
Although GATI has been launched in Pilot mode, it is hoped that in the coming years, insight gleaned from the pilot will open the pathway for its adoption by all Higher Education and Research Institutions in the country. This website invites institutions and individuals to endorse the GATI Charter and presents the GATI Self-Assessment Framework in detail.
Athena Swan Gender Equality Charter and Self-assessment framework, established in 2005, is owned and operated by Advance HE, UK. It is an accreditation and Awards Program for gender equity, diversity and inclusion. The Athena Swan Charter of principles aims to support and transform gender equality within Higher Education and Research Institutions, not just in STEMM disciplines but across domains. The success of its evidence-based and data-driven approach for advancement of women has led its adoption and adaptation across several countries.
Australia has adopted the Athena Swan Accreditation and Awards Program for promoting gender equality. SAGE is licenced to grant awards under the Athena Swan Charter. The program aims to raise awareness of and build capacity to improve gender equity, diversity and inclusion in the Australian tertiary education and research sector, and more broadly within the community. Over 50% of Australian higher education and research sector institutions have already joined and are participating in SAGE.
United States has launched SEA Change under the aegis of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). It aims to advance institutional transformation by supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in colleges and universities. It is a comprehensive initiative that recognizes bias and exclusion on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability status, family history of higher education, etc and intersectionality between these identities. This poses a special challenge in STEMM domains. Sea Change is also a self-assessment and awards program wherein institutions use research-based evidence to identify barriers and opportunities and develop actions to bring about bring cultural transformation towards supporting equal opportunity for all.
Canada launched Dimensions in 2019 inspired by Athena Swan, UK, for promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the post-secondary education sector. It is a self-assessment and recognition program that aims to address barriers and discrimination faced by equity-deserving groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, in all disciplines. Akin the other charters, it aims to identify and eliminate barriers and inequities to usher cultural and transformative change within the research ecosystem.
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