Gender equality, diversity and equal conditions
KTH has two main assignments regarding gender equality, diversity and equal conditions (JML at KTH). The first mission comes from the Discrimination Act and the work with active measures against discrimination. The other is the government's mission about gender mainstreaming in higher education institutions which requires KTH to have a plan for its work with gender mainstreaming. KTH also has goals of its own and steering documents that set KTH's JML agenda, such as KTH's Development Plan 2018-2023 and KTH's Ethical Policy.
The most important points in the Discrimination Act from a student perspective are:
- The purpose of the legislation is to counteract discrimination and in other ways promote equal rights and opportunities regardless of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- According to the Discrimination Act, higher education institutions are required to work proactively to prevent harassment. They must also promote equal rights for students and applicants through active measures.
- KTH is also required to investigate if there are any suspicions of discrimination or harassment.
You can make a complaint to KTH if you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or victimization.
Gender mainstreaming in institutions of higher education (JiHU)
The government mission JiHU states that higher education institutions shall contribute to attaining the national gender equality policy goals. The mission infers that KTH shall integrate a gender equality perspective in all its operations and identify development needs, goals and activities for achieving this. Measures and results are accounted for in the institution's annual reports. Since 2018 higher education institutions shall also account for how they take gender equality into account when dividing research funding.
Development Plan 2018-2023
KTH's Development Plan 2018-2023 is one of the documents that sets KTH's goals for the near future.
Excerpt from the Development Plan:
“In order for KTH to continue to develop as a leading technical university, the very best students and staff will be required. Diversity is an asset and KTH must be perceived as an open and welcoming place for prominent individuals, irrespective of their gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. Gender equality and the repudiation of all forms of discrimination are both a matter of quality and a self-evident part of KTH's core values.”
KTH's Ethical Policy
The Ethical Policy summarises the ethical values and principles that apply to everyone working or studying at KTH and also contains KTH's core values.
Excerpt from the core values:
“KTH's core values are based on democracy, the equal worth of all people, human rights and freedoms and free and open discussion. Gender equality and the rejection of all forms of discrimination are both a quality-assurance issue and a self-evident component of KTH's core values. Gender equality and diversity among staff and students is also a vital resource for KTH.”