#GenderDesignEducation

No Design without Gender:
For Gender Studies and
Gender Research in Design

We call for:

  • the integration of gender and diversity in all design curricula at all design faculties/departments internationally
  • the establishment of gender design professorships at all design faculties/departments, including adequate equipment and funding
  • Transdisciplinary cooperation, taking into account gender and diversity in design
  • Promotion/funding of urgently needed research projects on gender and diversity in design
  • Promotion/funding of transnational projects and scholarships
  • Financial resources for systematic expert advice in design outside academia (e.g. design studios, companies in the fields of IT, production, services)

Design is multidisciplinary, global, essential. It delights people and it is inevitable for work. Design needs the competencies and abilities of all those involved in the design process ÔÇô and this requires awareness, training and research, as well as the communication of gender and diversity through both people and products.

I support this call and I agree that my name will be published:

These people already support our call:

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Jessica Walsh &Walsh&Walsh New York USA
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Prof. Dr. Penny Sparke Kingston University London UK
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Dr. Ruedi Baur int├ęgral designers Paris, Strasbourg France
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Nancy Birkh├Âlzer PwC IXDSPwC IXDS Berlin Germany
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Prof. Wan-ru Chou Shi Chien UniversityShi Chien University Taipei Taiwan
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Prof. Griselda Flesler University of Buenos AiresUniversity of Buenos Aires Argentina
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Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis University of Design and ArtUniversity of Design and Art Basel Switzerland
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Robert Franken Male Feminists EuropeMale Feminists Europe Cologne Germany
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Mieke Gerritzen Image SocietyImage Society Amsterdam The Netherlands
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Prof. Dr. Minako Ikeda Kyushu UniversityKyushu University Fukuoka Japan
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Hella Jongerius JongeriuslabJongeriuslab Berlin Germany
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Saskia Ketz A WomensÔÇÖ ThingA WomensÔÇÖ Thing New York USA
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Hanna Wirman IT UniversityIT University Copenhagen Denmark
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Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Prof. Dr. Nicola Marsden Heilbronn UniversityHeilbronn University Germany
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Dr. Babette Peters Hamburg Germany
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Miles Chen Min Chen Min OfficeChen Min Office Hangzhou PR China
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Claudia Herling iGDNiGDN Br├╝hl Germany
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Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff KISDUniversity of Art Braunschweig Germany
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Prof. Dr. Florian Conradi Technical University Technical University Berlin Germany
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Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen Einstein Center Digital FutureEinstein Center Digital Future Berlin Germany
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Ina von Rumohr iGDNiGDN Cologne, Bonn Germany
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Menna Agha Li├Ęge Belgium
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Tanja Godlewsky iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Prof. Katja Becker Westphalian University of Applied SciencesWestphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen Germany
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Prof. Marion Digel Folkwang UniversityFolkwang University Essen Germany
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Dr. Kajsa Eriksson Gothenburg UniversityGothenburg University Gothenburg Sweden
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Yuki Fukuda RailsloveRailslove K├Âln Germany
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Dr. Bianca Herlo University of the ArtsUniversity of the Arts Berlin Germany
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Georg Maurer Cologne Germany
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Milena Mussi Iosa Ghini AssociatesIosa Ghini Associates Bologna Italy
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Claudia Neumann neumann communicationneumann communication Cologne Germany
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Uta Flick iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Elena Kayser HBK saarHBK saar Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Prof. Elena Caratti Politecnico di Milano, Design Dept.Politecnico di Milano, Design Dept. Milan Italy
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Prof. Valeria Bucchetti Politecnico di MilanoPolitecnico di Milano Milan Italy
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Robert Franken Robert Franken ConsultingRobert Franken Consulting K├Âln Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Fred Meier-Menzel Bauhaus University in WeimarBauhaus University in Weimar Erfurt Germany
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Eileen Good Z├╝rich Schweiz
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Dr. Tom Bieling Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburg University of Applied Sciences Germany
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Abigail Schreider DenkwerkDenkwerk Koln Germany
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Lic. Mariana Ortiz Linares Universidad de Buenos AiresUniversidad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina
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Johanna Matheis Saarbr├╝cken
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Ms. Martina Ngai National Central UniversityNational Central University Taoyuan Taiwan
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Prof. Aline Fagundes UCSUCS Caxias do Sul Brazil
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Rebecca R├Âger Berlin Germany
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Pip Bennett Taup┼Ź New Zealand
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Theresa Horn University of Arts LinzUniversity of Arts Linz Linz Austria
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Sally Sutherland University of BrightonUniversity of Brighton Brighton and Hove UK
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Sally Sutherland University of BrightonUniversity of Brighton Brighton and Hove UK
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Prof Griselda Flesler FADU UBAFADU-UBA Buenos Aires Argentina
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Dr. Melanie Levick-parkin Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University Manchester United Kindom
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Dr Marloes Van Engen Tilburg University, Nyenrode Business universiteitTilburg University, Nyenrode Business universiteit Lent Nederland
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Miriam Horn-Klimmek FORMLOS BerlinFORMLOS Berlin Berlin Germany
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Lukas Kerecz FORMLOS BerlinFORMLOS Berlin Berlin Germany
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Larissa Holaschke Zuirch University of the ArtsZuirch University of the Arts Z├╝rich Switzerland
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Lena Hirche Lena HircheLena Hirche Berlin Deutschland
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Dr. Jennifer Schubert Free University of BozenFree University of Bozen Bozen/Bolzano Italy
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Nadine Roseng├Ąrtner M├╝nster School of DesignM├╝nster School of Design Bochum Germany
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Lic Mariana Ortiz Linares Universidad de Buenos AiresUniversidad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina
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Katharina K├Âhler Camelot TypefacesCamelot Typefaces Leipzig Germany
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Dr. Julia-Constance Dissel Institut f├╝r Designforschung, University of Applied Sciences DarmstadtInstitut f├╝r Designforschung, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Darmstadt Germany
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Dr. Sandra Buchm├╝ller TU BraunschweigTU Braunschweig K├Âln Germany
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Diana Jaffe Berlin Germany
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Diana Jaffe Bluestone AGBluestone AG Berlin Germany
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Mag.art Rebekka Hochreiter Linz Austria
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Dr. Kerstin Raudonat Heilbronn UniversityHeilbronn University Heilbronn Germany
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Michelle Roth M├╝nster School of DesignM├╝nster School of Design M├╝nster Germany
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Sinja Possekel M├╝lheim an der Ruhr Deutschland
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Laura Gaspar Bardon Berlin Germany
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Ina Juckel Berlin Germany
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Regina Kainz Salzburg Austria
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Andrea Christan SCHOKOLADENSEITE.netSCHOKOLADENSEITE.net Hamburg Germany
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Renate Welkenbach Neurolinguistic Design for Effect and ChangeNeurolinguistic Design for Effect and Change Griesheim
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Celeste Danos Berlin Germany
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Christine Kern KERNgeschaeftKERNgeschaeft Karlsruhe Germany
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Katharina Andr├ęs designsfiction_BETON AMOURdesignsfiction_BETON AMOUR Berlin Deutschland
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Ellen Wagner cross cultural bridgescross cultural bridges Princeton United States
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Prof. Dr. Julia Sch├╝tz FernUniversit├Ąt in HagenFernUniversit├Ąt in Hagen Hagen Deutschland
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Esther Von Kiedrowski Hildesheim Deutschland
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Jennifer Jessen Offenbach Germany
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Mareike Roth hoch E - Designing Emotional Identityhoch E - Designing Emotional Identity N├╝rnberg Germany
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Prof. Andrea Hennig Duale Hochschule Baden-W├╝rttembergDuale Hochschule Baden-W├╝rttemberg Ravensburg Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Holger Lund DHBW RavensburgDHBW Ravensburg Ravensburg Germany
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Dr. Melanie Haller Universit├Ąt PaderbornUniversit├Ąt Paderborn Paderborn Germany
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Ines Roesler Roesler Marketing Systems Consulting GmbHRoesler Marketing Systems Consulting GmbH Karlsruhe DE
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Prof. Marie-Susann K├╝hr RFH K├ÂlnRFH K├Âln Cologne Germany
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Annika Rewald Berlin Germany
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Emilia Stein Cologne Germany
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Alexandra Kilian City of LudwigshafenCity of Ludwigshafen Mannheim Germany
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Nadia Scheuren Hochschule f├╝r angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK)Hochschule f├╝r angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) Hildesheim Niedersachsen, Deutschland
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Cosma Planet Hochschule f├╝r Bildende K├╝nsteHochschule f├╝r Bildende K├╝nste Braunschweig Germany
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Vale Querini Berlin Germany
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Kenan Alkuwatly Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Ana Karina Haller Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Leonie Zebe HBK SaarHBK saar Kaiserslautern Deutschland
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M.Sc. Britta Hermes Bochum
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Julia Werner DB Station & ServiceDB Station & Service BERLIN Deutschland
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Anna Rentsch Berlin
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Juliane K├╝hr HBK SaarHBK saar Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Prof Hans-Joerg Kapp Hochschule HannoverHochschule Hannover Hannover Germany
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Maria Costanza Angelini Università di CamerinoUniversità di Camerino Ascoli Piceno Italy
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Mr Roger Bateman Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University Sheffield United Kingdom
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Antigoni Tsengelis Cologne Germany
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Caroline Sieg Cologne germany
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Luise Kempf Hochschule der Bildenden K├╝nste SaarHochschule der Bildenden K├╝nste Saar Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Eileen Good Z├╝rich Schweiz
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Alexandra Hoffacker RFH K├ÂlnRFH K├Âln Cologne Germany
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Prof. Mario Zeppetzauer University of Art and DesignUniversity of Art and Design Linz Austria
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Rahel Schepers K├Âln Deutschland
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Natalia Andreasdottir Rheinische FachhochschuleRheinische Fachhochschule Cologne Germany
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Anneke Niehues Folkwang University of the ArtsFolkwang University of the Arts Essen Germany
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Jenny Fawson Bochum Germany
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Merle Genc Berlin Germany
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Prof. Betty Schimmelpfennig Hochschule RheinMainHochschule RheinMain Wiesbaden Deutschland
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Prof. Christian Schmachtenberg Hochschule KaiserslauternHochschule Kaiserslautern Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Klaus Birk Duale Hochschule Baden W├╝rttembergDuale Hochschule Baden-W├╝rttemberg Ravensburg Germany
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Karin Schmidt-Friderichs Verlag Hermann SchmidtVerlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz Germany
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Prof. Dr. Henriette Heidbrink Hochschule RheinMainHochschule RheinMain Wiesbaden Germany
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Andreas Schimmelpfennig Elastique.Elastique. Cologne Germany
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Prof. Barbara Kotte HAWK University of Applied Sciences and ArtsHAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim Germany
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Vicky Carr Textbook StudioTextbook Studio Salford United Kingdom
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Dr Emeline Brul├ę University of SussexUniversity of Sussex Brighton UK
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Prof. Franziska Morlok FH PotsdamFH Potsdam Potsdam Germany
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PhD Candidate Francesca Casnati Politecnico di Milano, Design DepartmentPolitecnico di Milano, Design Department Milan Italy
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Julia Pierzina Doktorandin HBKsaarDoktorandin HBKsaar Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Lara Molenda HfbK Hamburg / What if ...HfbK Hamburg / What if ... Hambrug Germany
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Vivien Lea Misch HFBKHFBK Hamburg Germany
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Timo Riemann Hamburg Germany
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Atu Gelovani HFBKHFBK Hamburg Germany
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Prof. Jesko Fezer HFBK HamburgHFBK Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland
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Gennet Beer University of Fine Arts HamburgUniversity of Fine Arts Hamburg Hamburg Germany
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Dr. Andreas Unteidig HBK BraunschweigHBK Braunschweig Braunschweig Germany
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Helene Bierstedt Braunschweig Germany
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Andrea Soler Design Department Tecnol├│gico de MonterreyDesign Department Tecnol├│gico de Monterrey CDMX M├ęxico
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Verena Zimmermann Burg Giebichenstein HalleBurg Giebichenstein Halle Halle Deutschland
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Petra Kilian
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Anna Kraher Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu BerlinHumboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin Berlin Deutschland
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Senior UX Writer Katrin Suetterlin SaperaSapera Karlsruhe German
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Anja Wippler PlayfulsolutionsPlayfulsolutions Dresden Deutschland
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Alison Place University of ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR USA
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Dr. Alexandra Rosenbohm Planet K - Kultur f├╝r alle e.V.Planet K - Kultur f├╝r alle e.V. Wuppertal Germany
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Mariana Granado University of GuadalajaraUniversity of Guadalajara Guadalajara Mexico
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Ineke Hans Studio INEKEHANS / Udk BerlinStudio INEKEHANS / Udk Berlin Arnhem / Berlin Netherlands
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Prof. Marco Ferruzca Universidad Aut├│noma MetropolitanaUniversidad Aut├│noma Metropolitana Mexico Mexico
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Valeria Piras Università degli studi di GenovaUniversità degli studi di Genova Genova Italy
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M.A. Sofia Fernández HTW BerlinHTW Berlin Berlin Deutschland
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Maxine Claar HTW BerlinHTW Berlin Berlin Deitschland
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Lisa Kahdemann Htw berlinHTW Berlin Berlin Gernany
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Linjing Wu HTW BerlinHTW Berlin Berlin Germany
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Jan Zurwellen DZHWDZHW Berlin Germany
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Claudia Saar Die ServicekomplizinDie Servicekomplizin Dortmund Deutschland
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Vanessa Zeissig Hochschule HannoverHochschule Hannover Hannover Deutschland
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Fabienne Schovenberg self employed designer, author, speaker, workshopper for sustainabilityself employed designer, author, speaker, workshopper for sustainability Cologne Germany
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Julia Schygulla Schygulla BfvKSchygulla BfvK Saarbr├╝cken Germany
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Katharina Kr├Ąmer Hannover Germany
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Student Irene Verza Politecnico di MilanoPolitecnico di Milano MILANO Italy
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Dr Meret Ernst FHNW Academy of Art and DesignFHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel Switzerland
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Eva Pohn Linz ├ľsterreich
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Sandra Schuschnig Universit├Ąt f├╝r k├╝nstlerische und industrielle GestaltungUniversit├Ąt f├╝r k├╝nstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz ├ľsterreich
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Leonie Werner Leonie Sophie WernerLeonie Sophie Werner Hamburg Deutschland
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Prof. Sergio Davila Universidad Aut├│noma MetropolitanaUniversidad Aut├│noma Metropolitana Mexico City Mexico
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Lukas Kerecz FORMLOS BerlinFORMLOS Berlin Berlin Germany
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Marjolein Mulder Bauhaus-Universit├Ąt WeimarBauhaus-Universit├Ąt Weimar Berlin Germany
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Martha B├╝chel Universit├Ąt f├╝r k├╝nstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung LinzUniversit├Ąt f├╝r k├╝nstlerische und industrielle Gestaltung Linz Linz ├ľsterreich
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Mariana Butler University of EdinburghUniversity of Edinburgh Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Prof Amelyn Laro International Sustainable AcademyInternational Sustainable Academy Hamburg Philippines
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Prof. Elena Caratti Politecnico di Milano, Design Dep.Politecnico di Milano, Design Dep. Milan Italy

Since its foundation in 2013 the iGDN has been an active advocate for gender equality in all fields of design and for an encompassing gender awareness approach, also at design universities and departments. Our aim is to ensure that gender-sensitive design, design products and artefacts will contribute to make life fairer for everybody. To achieve that we need designers who are aware of this responsibility.

We therefore take these strange times of never before-experienced social challenges posed by Covid-19 as an opportunity to vehemently demand the long overdue implementation of corresponding curricula, professorships and research projects at universities.
How can it be that the emancipatory discussion in the context of gender, culture and ethnicity has affected so many areas of societies worldwide ÔÇô while design and diversity are still too often plodding along without gender and diversity awareness?
In education, teaching and research, as well as in design practice, the categories of gender, diversity and ethnicity are still a fairly blind spot at too many design colleges and faculties ÔÇô with some commendable exceptions.

Why are there still far too few chairs and institutes that focus on gender and diversity in design as a socially relevant and obvious focus? How is it possible that design is characterised by sustainability, resource conservation, material adequacy, functionality, sociality, etc., but the significance of gender and diversity is so rarely taken into consideration?

Enough! For years, we have been committed to this important field of design, have organised events, expert exchanges and provided support – and, with a little luck, have at best received some praise and recognition. But this is not enough for us, our society needs the equal integration of gender issues in all areas of design, so that design becomes more social, cultural, fair and altogether so much better!

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