Women and girls in science


  
Prof. Dr. Iván Suazo Galdames
Prof. Dr. Iván Suazo Galdames
Vice Chancellor Graduate School and Research Universidad Autónoma de Chile

8, March 2018

Just three years ago the UN General Assembly proclaimed February the 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. A remarkable date but that does not attracts much interest in Chile.


Despite the efforts of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equity and the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) to reduce stereotypes and strengthen female involvement in science, we are wasting a key date when we could be talking about empowerment, social roles and how to improve the education of girls and future graduated women.
Why they must choose between pursuing a postgraduate degree abroad or using the legitimate right of motherhood? Why adding to the contractual instability a gap that leaves our researchers in disadvantage? Why we demand greater labor integration, but do not allow more women to be in senior management positions?

Why they must choose between pursuing a postgraduate degree abroad or using the legitimate right of motherhood? Why adding to the contractual instability a gap that leaves our researchers in disadvantage? Why we demand greater labor integration, but do not allow more women to be in senior management positions?


Since February the 11th we must not only remember that science and gender equity are vital to achieve the Sustainable Development goals at UN 2030 Agenda. However, we must take action to convince our daughters, sisters, grand-daughters and nieces that it is possible to do science in Chile, but they will have a better future along institutions that are able to discuss and propose solutions in these topics.


Prof. Dr. Iván Suazo Galdames

Vice Chancellor Graduate School and Research Universidad Autónoma de Chile


Column published in Spanish in: La Tercera


Prof. Dr. Iván Suazo Galdames
Prof. Dr. Iván Suazo Galdames
Vice Chancellor Graduate School and Research Universidad Autónoma de Chile

8, March 2018

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Just three years ago the UN General Assembly proclaimed February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Just three years ago the UN General Assembly proclaimed February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Just three years ago the UN General Assembly proclaimed February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.