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Examples of our actions toward SDG 5

Women@DU is a network for staff from across DU who identify as women, in order to share experiences, opportunities and knowledge, offering mutual support and a networking space to discuss issues that are important to us. The Durham Aurora Leadership Programme supports women in leadership positions

Find out more about Women@DU Aurora Leadership Programme at Durham


Professor Abir Hamdar's research project is looking at the cultural history of cancer in the Arab world. One strand of this - Performing Arab Cancer - has been based on extensive qualitative fieldwork conducted with female cancer patients in the Arab world. The project tells the stories of these women in creative and performative ways – creating a ‘living archive’ of Arab female cancer stories and testimonies.
Read more about the Performing Arab Cancer research
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Professor Black was celebrated for her continuous championing of using technology as a power for good. She is a global leader in raising awareness of the importance of women in tech, raising standards across the tech industry. TechUP programmes have so far upskilled over 8000 people, providing them with the tech skills they need to pursue a career in the Technology sector.
Explore our TechUP programmes
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Living the Values

We follow certain Charter Marks to guide our work by identifying key areas of focus and setting out accompanying aims against which to track progress on being a respectful and inclusive environment where all staff and students can thrive. The Athena SWAN Charter is a strand of this work, which focuses on addressing institutional inequalities relating to gender. As part of this, we also have several key policies which steer our work, such as the EDI, Maternity and Menopause policies.
Find out more about our Charter Marks
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Wider Student Experience

There are extraordinary women at Durham. On International Women’s Day we celebrate the women at Durham: sharing their stories and recognising their astounding achievements. Examples include Durham students leading a growing network of volunteer tutors supporting Ukrainian children with English language learning and supporting and encouraging women to be bold in entrepreneurship.
Stories of our extraordinary women at Durham
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One of our projects, undertaken in collaboration with the National Society for Earthquake Technology in Nepal, was designed to explore ways in which women can contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction; a new approach & way of working in Nepal since these women are not usually given a voice in decision-making. The project focused on how to include women in decision-making processes, listening to their assessments of priority challenges. The work included education and training activities & delivery
Empowering women through Disaster Risk Reduction
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Local and Regional

Computer Science for Girls is a DUWIT-led community that aims to foster a friendly atmosphere and help female GCSE and A Level students discover Computer Science. We answer questions, give advice, help with homework and build a tightly-knit group full of curious minds while promoting the concept that Computer Science is for everyone. Teachers and parents of students are also welcome to enter. The group is ran by members of DUWIT as well as Durham University staff members
Find out more about Computer Science for Girls
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Governance and Policy

Find out about our respect @Durham resources. It includes policies and code of conducts, such as respect at work policy, gender identity policy and trans and intersex inclusion policy.
Respect @Durham
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Utilising data for EDI monitoring

Find out how Durham University utilises equality, diversity and Inclusion data.
How we use equality, diversity and Inclusion data
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key policies on SDG 5

We are embedding equality and diversity at all levels of our organisation. Our EDI policy redresses any gender, racial or other imbalance by monitoring the recruitment and progress of staff & students. We report beyond our obligations for pay reporting, as you can read in our diversity pay report

Key policies on EDI Diversity Pay report 2022