The University of Alicante disseminates a guide for egalitarian speech
Alicante, 11 March 2011
Lectures at the University of Alicante, Carmen and Isabel Santamaría Marimon, from the Department of Spanish Studies, General Linguistics and Literary Theory, have developed a Guide for Gender-Sensitive Speech at the University of Alicante with recommendations and alternatives to language use, both in Castilian and Catalan, with the aim of promoting greater representation of women and equal proper use of language in the university community.
The guide, which has been prepared in compliance with the actions defined in the UA First Plan for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men (2010-2012), is responsability of the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Relations and carried out by the Gender Equality Unit and the Women's Studies Centre (WSC), with the collaboration of the Comptroller's Office and the Service for Catalan Language Policy (offcially known as Valencià).
The Guide for a Gender-Sensitive Speech covers topics like "the commitment of the University to bring attention to women", specific recommendations on "how to make an inclusive speech at the University" and "some use guidelines by type of document (institutional, administrative or research papers)". Among other items, the Guide also includes alternatives and proposals to avoid falling into stereotypes and an appendix of job positions and professions in the University.
This Guide is an invitation to the revision of language use and a useful and practical resource for students, administration staff, as well as teachers and researchers. In 2008, the Women's Studies Centre (WSC) already systematized a series of linguistic resources in order to avoid sexism in language with the Campaign for Gender Equality in Language Communication".
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