Friday 22 March 2019

NUIG suspends job form asking female applicants about breasts and menstrual cycles

NUI Galway
NUI Galway
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

The National Women's Council has expressed grave concern about gender bias at one of the country's leading universities after it emerged a health questionnaire asks female job applicants about their breasts and menstrual cycles.

NUIG has now suspended use of the controversial questionnaire for prospective employees and said it would review its pre-screening process to ensure "it follows best practice in the area".

A senior lecturer at the University described the list of 40 questions as "invasive" and "misogynistic".

Among the questions asked of prospective staff are: "Do you suffer with any problems with your menstrual periods? Do you suffer any breast problems? Have you ever been treated for gynaecological problems?"

Eilis Ni Chaithnia, membership development officer at the National Women's Council, said it was gravely concerned about the questionnaire, which "needs to be considered in the context of what is already an ongoing campaign to highlight the absence of women in senior positions in NUIG."

She said that the questionnaire "points to a gender bias".

Irish Independent

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