It is well known that Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) involves a strong gender equality dimension. This is not trivial: still today, only 28% of the world’s researchers are women, and they remain the minority in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Gender segregation in science is changing but at a very slow pace, and disparities only increase the higher we are in the organizational ladder. This is why it is so important to encourage scientific vocations from early stages of education and ensure an inclusive and gender-balanced perspective.

Nowadays, some interesting initiatives fight for equality and try to raise awareness of the gender gap in education, scientific careers and academia. Here we mention some of them.

The UNESCO has launched the “Women in Science” platform, an interactive data tool that allows the user to explore the gender situation in the scientific career of women, divided by education pipeline, job sector and research field. It is a very comprehensive tool that presents the latest available data per countries.
More information here.

The UNESCO has also published a Fact Sheet about the situation of women in science. It depicts briefly and with the help and figures, the current situation of the Gender Gap in science.
More information here.

Hypatia is a European project working towards gender equality. It wants to develop activities to encourage teenage girls to study science. To do so, the project will promote activities with a gender-inclusive way of communicating STEM in order to empower girls to pursue scientific careers.
More information here.

The GenPORT project is a European initiative of the 7th Framework Programme that aims at developing an internet portal to gather projects, resources and policies that somehow work towards gender balance in STEM. It wants to create a community of practice and to promote the importance of gender equality in science, technology and innovation.
More information here.

The European Commission publishes every three years the “She Figures” report, a pan-European comparable data about gender equality in research and innovation. It shows the current gender proportion amongst graduates, phD, academics and research boards, as well as differences in working conditions and how well integrated the gender dimension is in peer-reviewed articles, among other data.
She Figures 2015 (leaflet)
She Figures 2015 (long version)

If you are interested in this topic, save the date for the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education (and Research), which will take place during 12th-14th of September 2016 in Paris. This conference, closely related with the GENDER-NET project, will become a forum of international experiences on the development of gender balance in academia, and its promotion and actual changes in the higher education institutions and research centres.
More information here.

Do you know of any other initiative that fights for gender equality in science or education?
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