Gender Equity in Science and Technology

Dr. Adriana Bastías highlighted the poor women presence in directive positions and emphasized the need of breaking stereotypes.

  
Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
By Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Scientific director

1, March 2018

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Congreso del Futuro (Congress of Future) 2018
Picture by Pablo Madariaga.

In the context of the announcement of an alliance between UNESCO and the Congress of Future that will contribute to push gender equity in science and technology, a discussion panel took place at the end of this event in Santiago last January. Dr. Adriana Bastías -researcher at the Biomedical Science Institute at the Universidad Autónoma de Chile and founder of the Network of Woman Researchers- was invited to take part of this panel.

noticias-congreso-2.jpg Congreso del Futuro (Congress of Future) 2018
Picture by Pablo Madariaga.

This panel was also conformed by outstanding experts in the field: Diana Maffia, Director at the Gender Observatory at the Argentinean Justice; Ernesto Fernández, Chief of Science Policy and Partnerships at UNESCO; and the worldwide-known scientist, Prof. Dr. María Teresa-Ruiz, astronomer, awarded with the Chilean National Prize for Exact Science and L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.

noticias-congreso-3.jpg Dr. Bastías at Congreso del Futuro (Congress of Future) 2018.
Picture by Pablo Madariaga

In deep…
The numbers behind the gender inequity


Dr. Bastías highlighted that during school is already possible to visualize the gender inequity in science education. The SIMCE (System for Measuring the Quality of Education) test at schools shows that boys obtain higher scores than girls.

Once students finish school and render the national University Evaluation Test (PSU), the results show a very poor performance in women to achieve the highest national scores. In Chile there is a higher number of women entering and graduating from University compared to men (at least at private Universities).

noticias-congreso-4.jpgDr Bastías at Congreso del Futuro (Congress of Future) 2018.
Picture by Pablo Madariaga

Taking her own childhood experiences as an example, Dr. Bastías shared how she ended up becoming a scientist and highlighted that boys and girls must be allowed to break gender stereotypes, so they do whatever they want, being able to reach their dreams. Dr. Bastías based her speech on several data that demonstrates that women in science suffer from gender inequity since early on and this accompanies them during academic life (for more details check In Deep section).

Dr. Bastías finalized her presentation by stating “because of talent is equally distributed among men and women, in Chile and around the world we need more women researchers”..

Entire presentations at the panel (Spanish): http://www.futuro360.com/data/2018/01/20/la-equidad-de-genero-en-la-ciencia-se-instala-en-el-congreso-futuro.html

Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
By Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Scientific director

1, March 2018

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