The European Commission in 2021 and UNESCO in 2022 both stated that while universities have the potential to significantly contribute to the advancement of gender equality, diversity, and inclusivity, both within higher education and throughout society, they still frequently display gender biases and are overwhelmingly male-dominated. Faculty members frequently deal with microaggressions, discrimination, quid pro quo deals, and harassment based on gender from their coworkers or people in authority positions. Both students and faculty frequently encounter unfair treatment and discrimination in higher education because of their sexual orientation.
The initiative by G-FORCE’s partners to create a network of universities or a European alliance is motivated by a combination of the aforementioned elements as well as a recognition of the significant gender-related challenges in academic institutions. This network is dedicated to advancing gender parity and fighting for the acceptance of sexual orientation by promoting equality and providing cutting-edge digital tools and resources.