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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!

Tags:  L'Oréal  science  UNESCO 

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Women in physics: personal perspectives

Posted By Administration, 21 April 2016

Sarah-Jane Lonsdale speaks to two senior female scientists in industry about their career paths. Read the full article on the blog of Nature:

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UNESCO: Women in Science, an interactive data tool

Posted By Administration, 03 March 2016
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Focus on members of EPWS, the European Platform of Women Scientists

Posted By Administration, 03 March 2016
Read the "Interview of the Month" by the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS:

Tags:  gender equality 

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Why Have a Conference for Women in Physics?

Posted By Administration, 01 March 2016
Read the article by Shobhana Narasimhan on Multiverse, the blog of the ICTP.

Tags:  conferences  gender 

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Webinar “Overcoming EU countries' inequalities in science”

Posted By Administration, 02 February 2016
The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, will be hosting a round table among Octavi Quintana-Trias (EC - DG Research and Innovation), Amaya Moro-Martín (Euroscience), Kieron Flanagan (Manchester Business School) and  Katrien Maes (LERU) on inequalities in the European Research Area. With this webinar we'll bring you unique perspectives on the dialogue surrounding important aspects of science and policy that could affect the future of European research.

See more on the website of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

Tags:  ERA  Europe  gender equality  webinar 

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Posted By Administration, 01 February 2016

The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Université Paris Diderot, 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.

Deadline for abstracts: 29th February 2016.

Details about the call can be found on the EPWS website:

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Girls should expect poorer physics grades

Posted By Administration, 18 January 2016

ETH Zurich, 1 January 2016 -

Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance. This was the conclusion drawn by an ETH learning specialist from a study she conducted in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Read the full article by Fabio Bergamin on the website of the ETH.

Title of study:
 Studying Gender Bias in Physics Grading: The role of teaching experience and country

Sarah I. Hofer

the existence of gender-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) stereotypes has been repeatedly documented. This article examines physics teachers’ gender bias in grading and the influence of teaching experience in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In a 2 × 2 between-subjects design, with years of teaching experience included as moderating variable, physics teachers (N = 780) from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany graded a fictive student's answer to a physics test question. While the answer was exactly the same for each teacher, only the student's gender and specialization in languages vs. science were manipulated. Specialization was included to gauge the relative strength of potential gender bias effects. Multiple group regression analyses, with the grade that was awarded as the dependent variable, revealed only partial cross-border generalizability of the effect pattern. While the overall results in fact indicated the existence of a consistent and clear gender bias against girls in the first part of physics teachers’ careers that disappeared with increasing teaching experience for Swiss teachers, Austrian teachers, and German female teachers, German male teachers showed no gender bias effects at all. The results are discussed regarding their relevance for educational practice and research.

Published online: 30 Nov 2015, Taylor and Francis

Tags:  gender equality  study 

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Alice Valkárová: Czech woman of physics

Posted By Administration, 11 January 2016
11 January 2016 - Read the article about Alice Valkárová written by Morgan Hines and published in the Prague Post at:

Tags:  Czech Republic  distinction 

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