The committee’s recommendations

  • The Ministry of Education and Research should consider integrating gender equality into the financial systems. The report sketches different models of incentives, where the ministry is encouraged to consider a model where the institutions are rewarded with a specified amount for each woman that is hired either as a professor or as an associate professor. The model can later be used exclusively in the field of natural sciences.

    Alternatively, the committee recommends a model where the Ministry earmarks a part of their budgets to gender equality measures at the universities and colleges, for the purpose of increasing the share of women in academic positions.

  • The Ministry of Education and Research is recommended to map the possibilities for affirmative actions for the underrepresented gender in light of the EFTA-verdict, with the consideration that the EU countries have different practices and understandings of the range of possible measures after this verdict. The reason for this is information that Norway may have a stricter interpretation of the EFTA-verdict than what is the practice in different EU member states
     
  • The Ministry of Education and Research is requested to follow up on its inquiry with the Norwegian Research Council for an evaluation of the Competence Reform’s consequence for gender equality goals in the research sector. This is seen as particularly important as the evaluation is to be a foundation for a new research notice, expected sometime during 2007.
     
  • The Kif-Committee recommends the initialization of a three-year national project for development of academic leadership with a gender equality perspective. The goal has two parts:
    1. Increase the competency within academic leadership, including gender equality competency
    2. Recruit women for academic leadership

    The project will be developed according to the model set by the Swedish IDAS project (http://www.idas.nu/).

  • The Kif-Committee recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research carry on with a national committee for gender equality in the research sector with a mandate and financing from the ministry. It is within the purpose and goals of the Committee that a national unit continues and compounds upon the Committee’s work, and that, through its members, anchors itself in milieus appropriate to its mandate. The Committee regards the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions as an appropriate unit for future anchoring.
  • The service-leadership dialogue (the leadership dialogue between the ministry and the individual institutions) and award letters should be used more purposefully than they are today, partly through intensifying and expanding the demand for reporting to also concern the hiring process; in other words, that the proportion of women in newly hired academic positions, sorted by subject matter, is reported.
     
  • The Kif-Committee recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research carry on with a national committee for gender equality in the research sector with a mandate and financing from the ministry. It is within the purpose and goals of the Committee that a national unit continues and compounds upon the Committee’s work, and that, through its members, anchors itself in milieus appropriate to its mandate. The Committee regards the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions as an appropriate unit for future anchoring.
    • In this context, it is central that the Resource bank for gender mainstreaming secures further operations and development, primarily through the Research Council. The Resource bank for gender mainstreaming is run by KILDEN.

The Committee has the following recommendations for the Ministry’s underlying operations:

The Norwegian Research Council and NOKUT:

  • The Kif-Committee recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research confer with the Research Council about goals to implement gender-budgeting within the Research Council’s ways and means apparatus, programs, and other activities.
     
  • The Kif-Committee recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research confer with the Research Council about goals to carry out an intersectional incentive program for integrating gender equality. How such an incentive program should be organized, its reach, and size on resources should be part of such a dialogue.
     
  • The Committee recommends the initialization of a separate research program on the theme Gender in academia. The research program would be financed over the Ministry’s budget, and would be organized and administered by the Research Council. The frame of the program should be approximately 10 million crowns over a period of five years. The program’s thematic content would be developed by a program board set up by the Research Council.
  • The Kif-Committee recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research established a new, revised regulation on the accreditation, evaluation, and legal approval of universities and colleges as it occurs in the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s (NOKUT’s) assignments to evaluate decisions in the university and college law on the arrangements of study environments with regards to both genders, as well as work toward gender equality in all occupational categories.

About the Committee:

The Committee for Mainstreaming – Women in Science was established for a three-year period by the Ministry of Education and Research on January 26, 2004, for the purpose of integrating gender equality in the research sector.

The Kif-Committee consists of the following members at the end of its tenure:

Professor Kari Melby, NTNU (head of the Committee)
Professor Rune Nilsen, University of Bergen
Professor Siri Pettersen Strandenes, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Division leader Arnfinn J. Andersen, the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud
Director Nina Kristiansen, KILDEN - Norwegian Information and Documentation Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
Student John Ivar Thompson Eikeland, Norsk Studentunion
(deputy: student Lene Karin Wiberg, Studentenes Landsforbund)