Gender balance and suitable positive actions to promote gender equality among healthcare professionals in neuro-oncology: The EANO positive action initiative

E Le Rhun*, F Boele, G Minniti, N Galldiks, M Taphoorn, K Piil, R Rudà, SP Niclou, M Geurts, M Preusser, M Weller, SC Short, L Dirven

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Abstract

Background:

The proportion of women among healthcare and biomedical research professionals in neuro-oncology is growing. With changes in cultural expectations and work-life balance considerations, more men aspire to nonfull-time jobs, yet, leadership positions remain dominated by men.

Methods:

The European Association of Neuro-Oncology (EANO) disparity committee carried out a digital survey to explore gender balance and actions suitable to promote gender equality. The survey was distributed among EANO members in 2021, with responses analyzed descriptively.

Results:

In total, 262 participants completed the survey (141 women, 53.8%; median age 43). Respondents were neurosurgeons (68, 26.0%); neurologists (67, 25.6%), medical oncologists (43, 16.4%), or other healthcare or research professionals; 208 participants (79.4%) worked full-time. Positive action to enforce the role of women in neuro-oncology was deemed necessary by 180 participants (68.7%), but only 28 participants (10.7%) agreed that women only should be promoted until gender balance is reached. A majority of respondents (162, 61.8%) felt that women with an equivalent CV should be prioritized over men to reach gender balance. If in the future the balance favored women at higher positions, 112 respondents (42.7%) agreed to apply positive action for men. The top indicators considered relevant to measure gender balance were: salary for similar positions (183/228, 80.3%), paid overtime (176/228, 77.2%), number of permanent positions (164/228, 71.9%), protected time for research (161/227, 70.9%), and training opportunities (157/227, 69.2%).

Conclusions:

Specific indicators may help to measure and promote gender balance and should be considered for implementation among healthcare professionals in neuro-oncology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalNeuro-Oncology Practice
Volume11
Issue number1
Early online date3 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024

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