Gender equity: A challenge for universities

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Ana Karina Torrado Peñaranda, Marta Milena Peñaranda Peñaranda, Albert Miyer Suarez Castrillon


The objective of the research is to evaluate the previous knowledge that teachers and administrative staff of the Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander Ocaña have about a social problem such as gender-based violence, for which a descriptive study with a cross-sectional quantitative approach was undertaken, developed in three phases: a first phase begins with the theoretical support related to gender equity, a second phase has the quantitative analysis of the variables by applying a questionnaire to a finite sample of teachers and administrative staff on the topic of study. The results show that in spite of the strategies implemented by the institution to guarantee gender equity in its academic community, this is blurred by the fact that the majority of the university bodies confuse the definition of sex with gender and most of them do not have a clear understanding of the meaning of equality and equity. Likewise, the high lack of knowledge of the institutional route for a victim of gender-based violence resulting in not knowing how to act and protect their integrity and that of their academic community, adding that very few know about the five types of gender-based violence such as physical, psychological, economic, sexual and verbal violence.

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