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ÅAU respects diversity – introduces a new sign for gender-neutral toilets

In the autumn of 2017 Åbo Akademi University decided to initiate gender-neutral toilets as proposed by the ÅAU Equality Committee. The purpose was to
meet the requirement to install gender-neutral toilets for those who have another gender identity than female or male. However, it has become obvious
that there have been misunderstandings during the process.

The sign that will be used to mark gender-neutral toilets at ÅAU.
The sign that will be used to mark gender-neutral toilets at ÅAU.

Åbo Akademi is a university that respects diversity and is concerned about creating discrimination-free study and working conditions. Although the intention was to respect and include everyone, the issue has unfortunately taken a negative turn.

In order to correct the situation, Åbo Akademi University will introduce gender-neutral toilet-signs along with the text WC, marked at single toilets and toilets for disabled persons. Toilets with several stalls will continue functioning as separate female and male toilets.

Mikko Hupa
Rector

Christina Nygren-Landgärds
Chair of the Equality Committee