Let’s talk about equality in TUAS: are you aware of our equality programs?

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One of the most important goals Student Union – TUO has, is to make sure, that every member of our community feels comfortable. When it comes to studying, both feeling safe and communal are a vital part of well-being, which (among other things) increases students’ occupational growth. As both Turku Pride and orientation weeks are upon us, now it is a great time to take a look at our community’s hale when it comes to equality.

Every few years, the Department of Health and Human Services has a commission for a study called Gender Equality Barometer. The latest one was published mid June 2018 (in Finnish), with a sampling of 3000 Finnish natives. English version will be published later this year.

During the last 20 years, there has been some steady (but slow) change with the experiment of equality. The latest study prevails, that two out of three women and one out of two men experience men having a better standing in Finnish society. As this was studied in 2012, the same numbers were roughly 80 percent (women) and 60 percent (men), so there has been some improvement.

Gender Equality Barometer of 2017 studied students more extensively than before. It is very, very positive to notice that almost nine out of ten felt that equality is a standard in their school. In the meantime, however, one out of five women and one out of twenty men told that they have been experiencing some depreciation because of their gender. One out of every ten answerers told that they have experienced harassment or discrimination based on their sex and sexuality.

Based on the law about equality and its fifth clause, everyone who organizes education, must have an equality plan. The barometer indicated, that students of Universities of Applied sciences are poorly aware of this plan and its existence (24 percent of women and 15 percent of men answered, that they knew about it.) Both TUAS’ and TUO’s equality plans are being updated in 2018 to be more up to speed of the changing school environment, and especially to answer our students’ needs.

Some important numbers from the Gender Equality Barometer 2017:

• Two out of three women and one out of two men find men to have a better standing in Finnish society
• Approximately 90 percent of students of higher education feel, that equality actualizes well or pretty well in their school
• Almost one out of five women and one out of twenty men have experienced some depreciation based on their gender
• 14 percent of sampling has noticed some harassment and name-calling because of one’s sex and sexuality
• 13 percent of women and 20 percent of men experience that their gender affects the way they are treated in school environment
• 6 percent of women and 3 percent of men felt, that not everyone has the right to be their true selves in their own school
• Just an infrequent amount of sampling is afraid of violence in their school

Have a colorful, and equal Pride-week! <3