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The VWI strives to promote gender equality and diversity in its organizational structure, academic and programmatic work as well as in its representation and external communications.

Building on International, European, and national legislation, the VWI will:


Organization and Administration

  • ensure gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in its human resource policies and its organizational bodies (Board of Directors, International Academic Advisory Board);
  • provide for capacity building and a mutual learning environment that promote life-long learning, mutual respect, equality and non-discrimination;
  • create a sustainable and appreciative work environment conducive to a good work-life balance;
  • promote gender equality and diversity in its communication and visibility strategy (including by digital communication means, use of gender sensitive language);
  • align its mission and actions through meaningful accountability and reporting measures (annual evaluation report) to ensure progress and adjustment of goals.

    Academic and programmatic Work

  • promote gender mainstreaming and diversity in its academic work, research, and its fellowship-program;
  • encourage research promoting gender-sensitive analysis and/or fostering knowledge about the plight/needs of underrepresented communities in Holocaust and genocide research;
  • enhance gender mainstreaming and diversity in project work, VWI events and public history programs;
  • develop a roadmap to enhance accessibility of VWI’s data and documentation;
  • foster gender equality and diversity in representation (including through its publications) of the work/knowledge promoted by the institute.


    The VWI champions non-discrimination, gender equality, and diversity by its academic performance, work-environment, and outreach to a wide international audience by a skilled, supportive organizational team. In doing so, the VWI builds on the legacy of the work of Holocaust survivors. These survivors represent a diverse group of individuals in terms of religious traditions, ethnicity, class, gender and professions, who immediately after liberation from Nazi rule founded documentation centers and projects across Europe. Simon Wiesenthal, his team and their collaborators, were part of these transnational, Jewish grassroot initiatives.


  • establish a working group on “Gender and Equality” representing all work portfolios at the VWI;
  • begin a process that offers the staff an opportunity to provide feedback on measures enhancing gender equality and diversity management in organizational structures and the institute’s academic work;
  • prepare a report taking stock of existing practices and evaluating the practices promoting gender and diversity equality and mainstreaming by end of 2023. Based on its findings, develop a roadmap on gender equality and diversity for 2024–2025;
  • develop a plan for mapping gender/diversity analysis in the organizational structure, staff management and work environment;
  • analyze the existing practices in academic work and research to promote gender equality and diversity with a view to establish sustainable institutional practices;
  • build on the outcome of the fellowship evaluation (2022) to improve gender and diversity mainstreaming in VWI’s fellowship program;
  • develop a communication and visibility strategy to enhance gender equality and diversity mainstreaming in outreach, representation and communications;
  • Reference Documents



    UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
    UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG)
    UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)


    EU legal and policy tools

    EU Council Directive 2000/43/EC (Anti-Racism Directive)
    EU Council Directive 2000/78/EC (Equal treatment in employment and occupation) occupation)
    EU Council Directive 2002/73/EC (on implementing the principle of equal treatment of men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions)
    EC Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle for equal treatment between men and women in the access to supply of goods and services


    Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025

    EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020 -2025
    EU Strategy combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life 2021-2030
    Gender Equality in Horizon Europe (
    National laws


    National legislation:

    Equal Treatment Act for the Private Sector (Gleichbehandlungsgesetz)
    Act on Equal Treatment Commission and the Ombud for Equal Treatment
    Anti discrimination legislation



    -Art 2 Austrian Basic Law (1867, general equality principle)7(2)
    -ART 7 (1) und (2) Federal Constitutional Act (1920, equal treatment of men and women






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