GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Equality only goes in one direction....

You can only use quotas to favor women...
A Swedish appeals court ruled on Monday that it was illegal for a university to prioritize men for its veterinary education programme, upholding a previous decision finding the institution guilty of illegal gender discrimination.

The Svea Court of Appeal found it was illegal for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet – SLU) in Uppsala to prioritize men for its veterinary education programme. The appeals court upheld a previous decision by the district court, which found SLU guilty of illegal gender discrimination.

Fourty-four women who applied to Sweden's only veterinary education programme in 2006 and 2007 filed a suit against the institution. Applicants were accepted via a weighted lottery whereby male students had a considerably greater chance of being admitted compared to their female counterparts with equivalent merits.

The admissions system accounted for the fact that more women than men study veterinary science, with the same over-representation among professionals. The Swedish government was of the opinion that the admissions procedure had a legal basis since it promoted equality within the veterinary profession.

The court awarded each female plaintiff 35,000 kronor ($4,800) in damages. The Swedish state is also to pay court costs amounting to 37,400 kronor.
I'm against quotas favoring men or women....merit should be the deciding principle...

2 Comments:

Blogger Bert said...

I'm against quotas favoring men or women....merit should be the deciding principle...

Yup, agree 100% with you there. Same goes for firefighters. I have nothing against women firefighters at all, just make sure that they can carry my 105 kg. carcass out of the building if necessary.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous DoorHold said...

"I'm against quotas favoring men or women....merit should be the deciding principle..."

Plus, interest in the profession. I doubt the lopsided male/female ratio in veterinary science is due to males lacking the necessary "merit."

11:24 AM  

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