Jämställdhetsutbildning och jämställdhetsarbete bland sjukhuschefer
This paper is about research carried out at a hospital at which managers had taken a course in gender equality. The aim was to get a deepened understanding of them and their work on gender equality. I wanted to find out if they themselves felt that they had obtained any new knowledge and if they had changed anything at their workplace because of this new knowledge. I also wanted to know if they had experienced any problems in this process. I found that the course has been more or less decisive in order for them to start working with questions concerning gender equality. I also found that the awareness of the shortcomings and the conditions concerning gender equality at the hospital is good, and that there is a willingness to change this. However, there seem to be some difficulties at the hospital in knowing how to move forward with information retrieved in local surveys at the hospitals about whether or not male and female patients are treated equally. Difficulties also arise from the fact that the work on gender equality is carried out in a area of work – health care – that is based to a large extent on sex and the human body. Here, the will to give the best possible care to both men and women collides with gender stereotypes among the medical staff. There is an awareness of this but at the same time they say that it is important for the balance in the workgroups that there are both men and women. In society in general there are discussions about the importance of quantitative equality, which is reflected in the work done on gender equality at the hospital. As the idea that time in it self will rectify problems concerning gender equality. Their role as managers becomes prominent as the importance of them showing the significance of gender equality.
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