At the beginning of November, Eindhoven University of Technology must account for the Colleague of Human Rights for the 'boy boycott' that the educational institution has set up. Anti-discrimination agency RADAR has had dozens of complaints about the new personnel policy.
In the coming years, TU Eindhoven will be opening up to 150 vacancies for academic staff exclusively for women. All vacancies may only be filled by women for six months. After that, male candidates may also be considered.
RADAR received nearly fifty complaints from men who disagree with this new course. That is why the bureau decided to go to the College of Human Rights to pass judgment.
"Preference policy is allowed, but our strict conditions", explains a spokesperson for RADAR. "It's a complicated issue. We want to know if Eindhoven's policy is in line with the rules."
See also: 'Men's stop' TU Eindhoven: Rigorous or badly needed?
The SER demands that companies choose more women in top positions
Earlier this week, the SER gave the explicit advice that there should be a mandatory quota for companies to have more women in top positions. Most companies have hardly taken any steps in recent years to increase the number of women in top places.
A decision by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights is not binding, but it is an important judgment that can be used in any legal case. In a response, TU Eindhoven announced that it would look forward to the session with confidence. "We have looked at case law in this area and look forward to the College's opinion with confidence," said a spokesman.
Thirteen vacancies have now been filled by women at Eindhoven University of Technology.
See also: Employers support quota: 'Weakness but time for trend break'
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