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Portugal to investigate universities’ gender inequality

A three-year project will focus on gender-related issues that affect both staff and students at Portuguese institutions, including glass ceilings, curricula and working conditions.

The initiative will be run by Portugal’s national higher education agency in partnership with gender studies centres at the University of Lisbon and the University of Iceland. Rosa Monteiro, Portugal’s secretary of state for citizenship and equality, presented the plans on 18 July.

Monteiro was quoted in a government press release on the same day highlighting the lack of women in university leadership positions, despite legal protections that are supposed to ensure at least 40 per cent representation of men and women in governance and management roles.

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