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Respecting and promoting gender equality

Sciences Po is an inclusive university committed to promoting real equality between women and men. We are taking action at every level within the student community, in line with our 2020-2023 action plan (fr.).


The Programme for Research and Education on Gender (PRESAGE) is instrumental in making reflection on gender issues a part of all the institution’s activities. Gender is addressed as a cross-cutting issue in the courses taught at Sciences Po, and several courses are specifically focused on gender equality.

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The teaching approach used in class must be geared towards ensuring gender equality and respect between both male and female students and between faculty and students.

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Even today, women students continue to opt for lower-paying sectors or jobs despite being just as talented as our male students—sometimes more so (see the graduate employability survey). Faculty members have an active role to play in combating gender stereotypes affecting career choices among their students.


The university runs regular awareness and information campaigns on the subject for the student community and faculty, including poster campaigns, information sessions at the beginning of the semester, training sessions for association leaders, specific actions on 25 November and 8 March, etc.

Finally, Sciences Po has implemented a university-wide mechanism for combating sexual and gender-based violence, which provides confidential support to anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.


In addition to being a signatory of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation's Charter for Gender Equality (Fr), and the first French university to earn the professional equality label awarded by national standards organisation AFNOR, Sciences Po has also developed partnerships enabling it to expand its impact in France and internationally.

Sciences Po is one of the ten universities worldwide selected as the inaugural Impact Champions of the HeForShe movement. Launched by the UN in 2015, HeForShe aims to mobilise men as allies in the fight for gender equality. Sciences Po is working towards three HeForShe commitments:

  • Achieve 40 percent representation of each gender in management positions for administrative and academic staff, including within the Executive Committee
  • Enable men working at Sciences Po to achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities as partners and/or fathers.
  • Develop programmes to support women's careers and employability and help close the gender gap in employment.

Finally, Sciences Po is part of several French and European gender equality networks:

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