Statement of the Network of University Teachers against banning the Gender Studies Programme
In the middle of the summer university break, the Hungarian Rectors' Conference was presented a draft decree from the Ministry of Human Resources and the Ministry of Justice. This proposal called for the abolition of the masters program on Gender Studies. Such curricula are currently offered by the ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences and the Central European University (CEU). The draft decree allowed students enrolled this year to complete their studies, but terminated this degree for future years.
The Network of University Teachers firmly protests any misguided or illegitimate governmental action aimed at harassing or banning the Gender Studies master program. It invites local and international universities and scientific organizations to join this protest to repel a gross effort to abuse and endanger academic freedom in Hungary.