Professional equality


Following the example of Higher Education establishments, and through the intermediary of gender equality advisors, ENS de Lyon has been committed since 2013 to policies of staff mix, professional equality and the transmission of this culture of equality.

Equality Officer

As part of the Action Plan for Professional Equality voted by the boards, ENS de Lyon has committed to recruiting an equality officer.
Florence Françon has joined ENS de Lyon in this position on October 11, 2021.

The equality officer will contribute to the development of the measures to fight against gender-based violence and discrimination, and more globally, to strengthen the actions implemented for equality within the ENS de Lyon.

Download the Action Plan for Professional Equality of ENS de Lyon

Gender equality advisors

ENS de Lyon has appointed representatives for gender equality. The goals of the representatives are defined within the framework of the Equality Charter signed in 2013 by the ministries of women's rights and higher education and research. They focus on four major objectives to:

  • transfer a culture of equality and contribute to the development and implementation of the Equality Plan, in close contact with the Equal Opportunities Officer. 
  • prepare students to develop in their professional environments.
  • be a member of the counseling system set up in connection with the reporting of gender-based and sexual violence and any form of harassment or discrimination and be part of the action committee and the Gender-based Anti-Sexual Violence Prevention Commission. 
  • commit to greater diversity in certain sectors.
  • ensure a general climate of respect.   

The advisors are strongly involved in the established scheme to combat sexist and sexual violence at the School. An equality officer coordinates all the measures put into place.

For more information please read the engagement letter for Gender Equality advisors (In French).

Measures in favour of equal access to different sectors and careers

For 4 years, ENS de Lyon has been actively supporting the operation "Science, a women's profession" led by the Aslan LabEx (laboratory of excellence) in partnership with the non-profit organization “Femmes & Sciences”. This program is carried out on International Women's Day, with high schools, to fight against gender stereotypes in girls' future career choices.

The School has many teacher-researchers involved in various associations to promote scientific careers for girls. Its recruitment and career management policy is working on reaching gender parity at various levels of teacher-researchers’ careers.