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C. Megan Urry, Peering Into Universe, Spots Bias on the Ground

Posted By Administration, 01 December 2016

C. Megan Urry is a former president of the American Astronomical Society and the first woman to head the physics department at Yale University.

Read the complete article on the website of the New York Times
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Tags:  astronomy  Gender  gender bias 

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Quantitative Evaluation of Gender Bias in Astronomical Publications from Citation Counts

Posted By Administration, 07 November 2016
The authors analyse the role of first (leading) author gender on the number of citations that a paper receives, on the publishing frequency and on the self-citing tendency.
Read the complete abstract here on the website of the Cornell University Library.

Tags:  gender bias  publications 

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Thursday 3 November is European Equal Pay Day

Posted By Administration, 03 November 2016

Brussels, 31 October 2016 - Statement of First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourová on European Equal Pay Day

Thursday 3 November is European Equal Pay Day, representing the day in the year when women across Europe stop being paid due to the gender pay gap; with the average hourly wage for women in Europe being 16.7 % lower than it is for men, they in effect work 16% of the year for free.

Ahead of this occasion, First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Thyssen and Commissioner Jourová said:

"If the average European man stops work today, he still gets paid as much this year as the average European woman who keeps working until 31 December. That is not fair, not sustainable and frankly not acceptable. European employers must stop sending the message that women are worth two pay cheques less than men each year.

Men and women in the European Union are equal –that is one of our fundamental values. But on our labour market, even in the year of 2016, this is not yet a reality.

The truth is that the workplace remains an area where women and men don't have the same chances. For equivalent work, men are on average paid more.

The glass-ceiling still exists: although more women have a university degree than men, less than 5% of company leaders in the EU are women. This is a waste of female talent. In general, women often work in lower paid sectors, and in addition, men are less likely to interrupt their careers and to take care of their children or of dependent relatives. As a result, it is most of the time women who spend less time in paid work and have a harder time to combine work and family.

These inequalities are reflected in the hourly pay for women. It is still 16.7 % lower than that of their male colleagues. At the current pace the gender pay gap is declining so slowly that it will be 2086 before women are paid as much as men.

The Commission is committed to work hard to close the gender pay gap. We have consulted social partners and the wider public on how we should better tackle the challenge of work-life balance so that both women and men can achieve their full potential on the labour market while enjoying family life.

Now that the consultations with our social partners are closed, the Commission will come forward with a proposal for working families in 2017 which will not only help working parents and carers to find the right balance between their private and professional life, but will also increase women's participation in the labour market. More equality in the uptake and choice in leave schemes is needed, as well as flexible working arrangements and more affordable childcare. Men should be able to choose to care for their families in the same way as women can do and businesses should be able to retain and promote the skilled women that Europe needs. The Commission will also continue to support Member States' efforts to combat the gender pay gap on the ground.

So today, on European Equal Pay Day, we take a stand to give women and men the same opportunities on the labour market. The same pay for the same work in the same place is not only a fundamental European value, our competitiveness will also depend on allowing female talent to flourish so all of us are lifted up."

More information in the  EU and country specific factsheets

Tags:  Europe  gender equality 

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Nature News&Comments - Science and sexism: In the eye of the Twitterstorm

Posted By Administration, 12 July 2016
Published in Nature: https://t.co/4JuHlCoBZx

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2nd edition of Science by Women program by the Women for Africa Foundation

Posted By Administration, 05 July 2016
See the call for applications at https://t.co/h367VLJJi4

Tags:  call  women  Women for Africa Foundation 

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UK risks losing over 33,000 much-needed female scientists each year, research shows

Posted By Administration, 05 July 2016

Some female students report feeling 'lonely and isolated' in their studies which has put them off going further.  

Read the full article on the website of the Independent.

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European conference on gender equality in higher education and research

Posted By Administration, 27 June 2016

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3 and the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), with strong support from the French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research, are inviting researchers, professors, administrators, policy-makers, practitioners and students to Paris, on 12-14 September 2016, to attend the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education.

Visit the conference website for details.


Tags:  2016  conferences  gender equality 

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EPWS - Why science needs women and men: interview on International Innovation

Posted By Administration, 27 May 2016
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UNESCO - Girls and Women education is key to sustainable development

Posted By Administration, 27 May 2016

25 May 2016 - UNESCO names laureates for new prize for girls and women’s education

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has announced the names of the two laureates for this first edition of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The two laureates are the Directorate of Early Childhood Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture from the Republic of Indonesia and the Female Students Network Trust from Zimbabwe, recognized for their innovative projects.

The Directorate for Early Childhood Education (Jakarta, Indonesia) is rewarded for its project entitled Improving Access and Quality of Girls' Education through Community-Based Early Childhood Education and Early-Year Gender Mainstreaming. The project operates on the foundation that in order to improve girls’ access to and quality of education in the long-term, gender mainstreaming from birth to eight years of age is important. The project aims to increase the participation of girls in schools and boost their confidence, while involving the community and local governments for a grounded and holistic approach.

The Female Students Network Trust (Harare, Zimbabwe) is recognized for its initiative entitled Empowerment of Tertiary Education Female Students through Leadership Development and Mentorship Programmes. The initiative stems from a baseline survey which explored the indicators, prevalence and awareness levels of sexual harassment within learning environments, particularly in tertiary education. It advocates improving the accountability of authorities in creating favourable learning environments for girls and women and to establish sexual harassment policies in institutions of higher learning. The organization works alongside the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and carries out policy advocacy, counselling and legal support as well as mentorship programmes.

The two organizations will each receive an award of USD 50,000 during an official ceremony in Beijing, China, as part of an International Seminar on Girls’ and Women’s Education from 4 to 7 June 2016. The Prize is funded by the Government of China.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 2015 to honour the outstanding contributions and innovations of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in promoting and advancing girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize to address this theme. The Prize contributes to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 4 - on education - and 5 - on gender equality, and supports UNESCO’s global priorities included in the Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021 and the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021 (GEAP II).

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For Women In Science Manifesto

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 29 April 2016
Join the movement for women in science and sign the manifesto! https://t.co/l6P2My4gLm

Tags:  L'Oréal  science  UNESCO 

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