Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The Gender Equality Policies for Teaching (University Council Resolution N119/2015) have as "general objective to develop in the university community a culture and practice that promote equality between men and women in the different strategic areas of the university, with special emphasis on education, research and management." With regard to the above, a series of measures have been proposed to promote equal opportunities for its professors to develop their teaching career, academic production, their inclusion in management and governing bodies, among other measures. This regulatory framework that governs the entire university (this is why it has been pointed out above that it benefits several cultural domains) is benefiting or has benefited several female teachers from the Academic Department of Performing Arts. The Guide for Teaching Performing Arts with a Gender Perspective and Protocol in Cases of Sexual Harassment are documents that are in the process of being validated, and which resulted from a diagnosis commissioned by the Academic Department of Performing Arts to professors Adriana Fernández (psychology) and Cynthia Silva (law), who carried out focus groups with students and professors from our Unit, as well as meetings with a commission of professors interested in this issue. Due to the nature of the stage work, which involves working with your body, emotions, sensitivity and physical contact with the other, it is urgent to establish guidelines to encourage and carry out good practices in the classroom, both for teaching and for the generation of a culture of equity and non-violence among students and professors of the performing arts. In this connection, the objective of the documents was to develop and implement policies and actions to ensure that the teaching environment is safe and equal; in turn, to prevent sexual harassment, and act immediately if it occurs. This way, we aim to ensure equal and safe conditions for learning, and that both teachers and students are informed about what sexual harassment is and how to act if it occurs, within the regulatory frameworks of the university and the country. This measure/initiative responds to objective 4 of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which seeks to respect human rights and the fundamental freedoms of expression, information and communication as prerequisites for the creation and distribution of diverse cultural expressions. The Gender Equality Policies for Teaching and the Guide for Teaching Performing Arts with a Gender Perspective and Protocol in Cases of Sexual Harassment are mainly policies/measures that promote gender equality in the cultural sectors and monitoring systems to assess the levels of representation and participation in the culture sectors, as well as their access to it.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
We have temporarily exempted two female professors from complying with their teaching load based on the gender equality policy. One of them has already completed her master's degree, backed by this measure. Regarding the Guide and the Protocol, they are still in the process of being validated, but the fact that the Department is working on these issues had a positive impact on the students' perception.