Equality of Women and Men

Equal Opportunities Office supports the Leibniz University  Hannover in its legal mandate to actively promote equal opportunities for women and men and to compensate for existing disadvantages.

Legal foundations of the work on equality are Article 3, especially paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as Section 42 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act, the Lower Saxony Equal Opportunities Act, and the Federal General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

In its mission statement, the university has committed itself to promoting the competencies of women and men in all areas. The primary goal here is to increase the proportion of women in those areas in which they are underrepresented. This refers both to increasing the proportion of women professors among professorships and to increasing the proportion of women among employees as a whole in the higher salary and grade groups.

The University's Gender Equality Plan is intended to contribute to the establishment of equal opportunities. It is updated every four years and documents the changes, measures and successes in equal opportunities work.

We advise and support you!



We advise and support individuals and higher education institutions on concepts, strategies and measures for gender equality.

Possible questions:
What funding opportunities are available for young female scientists?
What does gender-appropriate and diversity-sensitive language mean? How do I address students and staff?
I am writing a research proposal and need support with measures for equal opportunities and diversity.

What measures can I take to increase the proportion of women in my institute/program/project?
How can I take the diversity of students into account in my teaching?
How do I realize/create an appreciative, respectful and valued environment in my institution?
I would like to draw attention to the offers of the University Office for Diversity (in a course or in my institution) - Please present your offers.

We advise and support on many other topics: Discrimination protection, sexual harassment, compatibility of study/work & family