The WE4LEAD project

The WE4LEAD project (Women's Empowerment For LEADership and Equity in Higher Education Institutions ) is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) project which aims to increase women's access to the highest decision-making positions, in order to contribute to a fully inclusive governance and management of HEIs. It is part of a wider ambition to transform the governance of higher education institutions (HEIs) around the Mediterranean by spreading a culture of gender equality.

The project is being developed within the framework of the Téthys Consortium of Euro-Mediterranean Universities, created on January 28, 2000 by 22 universities around the Mediterranean as an extension of the Barcelona Process. Led by Aix-Marseille Université, the network currently comprises over 70 universities from 19 countries. It is a forum for cultural and scientific exchange, making a strong and lasting contribution to the construction of the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education, Research and Innovation Area. All the universities involved in the WE4LEAD project are members of the Consortium.

Partner universities :

European Union :

  • Aix-Marseille University (France) - coordinator
  • La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

Southern Mediterranean region :

  • Algeria
    • Constantine 3 Salah Boubnider University
    • Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University, Mostaganem
  • Lebanon
    • Antonine University
    • Lebanese University - co-sponsor
  • Tunisia
    • Tunis-el-Manar University
    • University of Sousse

Associate partner: Réseau Francophone des Femmes Responsables dans l'Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche (RESUFF)

Specific objectives

Five specific, measurable objectives have been set to increase the proportion of women in top decision-making positions in universities:

  • Collection of gendered data, to measure the place of women within HEIs (decision-making positions).
  • Increased understanding of gender inequality among university decision-makers, and commitment to addressing it.
  • Establishment of an institutional framework promoting gender equality.
  • Reinforcement of non-discriminatory evaluation and recruitment mechanisms.
  • Increasing the visibility of sexual harassment and improving its management.

Main activities
The project includes

  • Development of a gender equality plan
  • The creation of parity units
  • Creation of anti-harassment units
  • The introduction of indicators/statistics to measure changes in establishments

Setting up training courses on :

  • Gender and leadership
  • Recruitment and promotion without gender stereotypes
  • Awareness-raising actions within the establishments

Useful links
Contact information

Project coordinator :

  • Isabelle Régner, Vice-President for gender equality and anti-discrimination

Co-sponsors (project management):

  • Aix-Marseille University (France)
  • Lebanese University (Lebanon)
The WE4LEAD project
Gender and leadership
Recruitment and promotions
Gendered data collection
institutional framework