About QGI

Background

The Queen’s Gender Initiative, now located at 103 Botanic Avenue, was launched in October 2000 with a Director, an administrator and a secretary to carry forward the implementation of the recommendations of the Women's Forum Report (Report on Gender Imbalance at Queens: May 2000). The findings and recommendations were formulated on the basis of the suggestions of 600 women attending a series of ‘listening seminars’ in 2000. This listening exercise as a whole was awarded the Opportunity Now Workplace Award Northern Ireland (HE Sector) in October 2001.

A second series of seminars ran from January to March 2004 to allow women to comment on whether the newly-implemented policies have made a difference to their lives, and on whether the University has become an organization that goes some way towards meeting their needs. The report ‘Attitudes of female staff at Queen’s University Belfast to the work of the Gender Initiative and the Women’s Forum’ is available from the Gender Initiative.