The integration of sex and gender analysis in research content, as well as gender balance among researchers are integral aspects of gender equality in research and innovation. In the following post we are highlighting a number of useful resources on gender in research policies and on the gender dimension in research content. These include resources that represent an overview of the landscape of research policies in Europe, and examples of practical measures, guidelines and advice papers for the integration of the gender dimension in research.
GenPORT joins the celebration of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (#May28) with this short post on Barbara McClintock, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (1983).
As on previous occasions, the fictious letters created by Jennifer Mondfrans provides an artistic approach to the life, discoveries and personality of Barbara McClintock.
In this video, Jeff Hearn provides a short but comprehensive response to the question “What is gender?”. Aimed it all audiences, he explains how bodies, social institutions or knowledge, science and technology are gendered. What is the distinction between sexual difference, sex and gender? And what are the social implications of using these different concepts? This short video addresses many of these fundamental issues including a reflection on the close connection between gender and social inequalities and power.
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Supporting women scientists as individuals is not enough to reach gender equality in our scientific institutions. What is required is system-level attention to the structures, practices and cultures of these institutions and how they may perpetuate inequality, even unwittingly. Changing these systems and structures is challenging, so it is helpful to have advice about how to go about such changes, as summarized in the GenPORT Research Synthesis 3 on Institutional Practices and Processes, led by Rachel Palmén and Alexandra Bitusikova.
Next in our video interview series, we have Sanne Peters who is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at University of Oxford (UK). Sanne Peters will give a short introduction why a gender dimension is important in the field of Epidemiology and how it is best incorporated in concrete research. Her main field of interest is how risk factors of cardiovascular disease differ between women and men.