February 11 marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day is an opportunity to break the stereotypes that hold back women and girls in the STEM fields. It has been celebrated internationally since a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2015, and placed under the responsibility of UNESCO and UN-Women.
In order to promote women in science, CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science engages in EU projects such as GEECCO - Gender Equality in Engineering through Communication and Commitment. GEECCO deals with the task of how universities and research funding institutions can deal more professionally with the issue of gender equality. CEWS at GESIS has undertaken the task of independently evaluating the gender equality plans of the partners and also develop customized tools for the monitoring of the activities. The focus is on three topics: the reduction of disadvantages for women in science careers, the decision-making in committees, and the gender dimension in research and teaching.
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UCP), one of the GEECCO project partners, has organized a workshop titled “Connecting paths”, based on the exchange of experiences and knowledge related to gender equality within the STEM fields. More information can be found on this website in Catalan: https://igualtat.upc.edu/ca/esdeveniments/jornades-igualtat/vi-jornada-digualtat
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science will also be visible on social media. You can follow the hashtag #WomenInScience on Twitter, for instance.