We recently posted a piece on the Athena SWAN initiative, a largely taxpayer-funded initiative designed to advantage women and disadvantage men working as researchers in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine):
The ECU (Equality Challenge Unit) manages the Athena SWAN charter, and is largely funded by the departments led by two cabinet ministers, both of whom are Conservative MPs:
David Willetts – Minister of State for Universities and Science, based in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Jeremy Hunt – Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health.
We’ve just sent letters to both ministers, challenging them to end their departments’ funding of the ECU: