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Gender Equality

The University has an ongoing commitment to gender equality with a number of practices and schemes in place. Our research aims to tackle inequalities on a global level, with key research providing non-profit organisations with a sustained body of evidence for informing and influencing policy.

In the Spotlight: Research to End Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a practice that involves the partial or complete removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Worldwide, more than 200 million women have undergone FGM/C and more than 3 million women are currently at risk. Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Professor of Biostatistics at Northumbria University, has spent much of his two-decade-long career analysing data to address maternal and child health problems in Africa and to decrease health-related inequalities. He is now leveraging his expertise in using Bayesian statistical methods to eradicate FGM/C.

At a Glance: From Our Research to Our Operations

  • We co-lead the Girl-Kind initiative – using creative arts to address gender-related pressures in the North East and to give a voice to an often-marginalised social group.
  • Our Northern Women in Leadership CPD supports female business leaders in advancing their careers, maximising business objectives and managing the demands of modern leadership.
  • Our academics have been awarded more than £350,000 by the Population Council to carry out research to eradicate female genital mutilation practices around the world.
  • We believe that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all and are committed to tackling the gender pay gap. Further information can be found on our Equality and Diversity pages. 
  • We have an onsite nursery and childcare facilities, and offer a childcare voucher scheme for employees.

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