UK-India partnerships to advance gender equality

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 16:33:00 GMT

Gender Advancement through Transforming Institutions (GATI) is an exciting pilot collaboration between the British Council, Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) and AdvanceHE.

GATI aims to advance gender equality in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines within higher education and research institutions in India. With support through Indo-UK partnerships, GATI will enable the co-development of action plans based on the Athena SWAN Charter contextualized to India, and develop networks for improved support for Indian women in STEMM. The University of Manchester is one of six UK institutions selected to partner with five Indian higher education and research institutions.

GATI partner Dr Bushra Ateeq, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, said: “It is extremely crucial to promote gender balance in STEMM, and remove the unseen barriers that prevent women at all levels from achieving their full potential. Women should occupy the positions of authority, decision making and leadership to initiate impactful changes, and the institutes should undertake bold corrective measures to achieve the same.”

Speaking on behalf of the UoM team, Dr Laura Richards said: “We are really excited for the opportunity to work alongside our Indian colleagues to promote gender equality in STEMM through GATI. We firmly believe that the GATI partnership will benefit women not only in India but also the UK. We are grateful to British Council and collaborators driving such education and gender advancement programmes”.

The University of Manchester's team is working closely with Indian partners to explore gender barriers across career stages, the transparency of recruitment/promotion/probation processes and mentorship opportunities, sharing our own gender-related programmes and applications. The University's work is already providing short-term support and aims to improve workplace culture as GATI progresses.