ACU Gender Programme

The ACU Gender Programme advances gender equity in higher education, through local projects, grants, and advocacy. 

For more than 30 years, we have worked to address gender issues – such as championing women in leadership and combating sexual violence on campus – in partnership with our member universities.

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Gender grants

Since 2016, our gender grants have supported university students and academics from Commonwealth countries to promote gender equity and equality through innovative workshops. 

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Impact of gender grants

The Sri Lanka initiative 

The Sri Lanka Initiative was set up to allow female students and academics in Sri Lanka to share their personal experiences of gender bias, marginalisation, and discrimination.

The ACU and the University Grants Commission joined forces to promote gender equality and equity at state universities in Sri Lanka, leading to the establishment of a Centre for Gender Equity/Equality by the UGC.

The goal of the Centre is to promote gender equity and equality in Sri Lankan universities by facilitating the establishment of gender-sensitive university cultures and university environments which allow students and university staff (academic, administrative, support) to pursue their work without oppression and discrimination.

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