Main Discussion Thread: Recruitment & Promotion of Women Researchers

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Rachel Palmén's picture

Hi Gloria, 

Thanks for joining this  e-discussion!

Do you know of any policies or inititiaves in Latin America that are trying to promote the recruitment and pormotion of women in science? Has there been any research done in this field? 

It would be great to upload and give greater visibility to either initiatives or research looking at this in Latin America..

thanks! 

arroyo_lidia's picture

Dear Gloria, 

Thank you very much for sharing the insight from Latin America. It is interesting because the change of the organisation culture in academia as one of the most difficult barriers to be overcomed is identified for many of you from different regions  Tatiana Fumasoli (Norway)  Lieketseng (South Africa) barbararead35 (Scotland). I guess that we could identify concrete contents of this patriarchal culture common in all regions.  

 

  

njane's picture

I found an online test for bias that it could be very interesting, please do it as soon as you can because you can find science and bias in context

http://www.crg.eu/content/about-us-women-science/you-are-not-gender-bias...

joerg's picture

Excellent! I did not know that the LIBRA project has adapted the Implicit Association test to their needs. Good to know that this has been adapted specifically to the context of recruitment and promotion in science and research!! Thanks Nuria!

Lieketseng's picture

Thanks a lot, I will also look at it. I didn't know.

Gloria Bonder's picture

What we found in recent research projects on women students and graduates in traditionally " male" science careers is and ambivalence or just pure rejection towards policies that supposedly " benefit" their educational and /or professional careers. The value of meritocracy plus social recognition and idealization of women´s responsibility and capacity to deal with double or triple demands ( a sort of omnipotence) can act as an obstacle to demand change in working conditions

Rachel Palmén's picture

Yes- this has been an issue in research carried out in Spain as well. Do you know of any reports/ articles online that we could upload looking at this? 

Thanks! 

Lieketseng's picture

South Africa is one of the countries that have the youngest democracy as compared to other African Countries that got their independence from colonialism in the 60s. We also have the most comprehensive Constitution comparatively that also provides for the institutions like the Commission for Gender Equality that I work for and five others that are created to promote democracy. The Constitution provides for the Bill of Rights that also highlight Equality and Gender Equality as the important aspects. Equity is provided for as a National Policy that obliges all entities of the state and private sector to adhere to.

The Universities therefore are compelled to implement equity principles when filling vacant positions, as well as other institutions and organisations. Within the 22 years of Democratic Dispensation, South Africa is ranked within the top 3 of the Countries with more women representation within the Parliamentary structures with 40% women representation. I am highlighting this issue perhaps to provide light on where we are and the strategies employed to put us where we are in terms of inclusion of women in all spheres.

The Commission for Gender Equality holds Employment Equity Hearings annually, where institutions and government departments are summoned to appear before a panel of Commissioners to present on their status in terms of gender equality. For the past two years, the Commission for Gender Equality has been focusing on the Tertiary Institutions and the Chancellors and Rectors of the respective Universities have been appearing before the Commissioners presenting their status quo in terms of inclusion and retaining of women in academia. This process helps because the universities are compelled to introspect and put in place mechanisms that would assist them to elevate women in academia and create an enabling environment for them to break the 'glass ceiling'.

The are still challenges of non- compliance to a certain extend due to the stereotyping as I flagged earlier but enforcement and implementation of Equity policies is the only way that different countries can sort of reach the goal of attracting and retaining more women in academia and research.

Rachel Palmén's picture

 Hi Lieketseng,

It is very interesting what you say "that the Commission for Gender Equality has been focusing on the Tertiary Institutions and the Chancellors and Rectors of the respective Universities have been appearing before the Commissioners presenting their status quo in terms of inclusion and retaining of women in academia.This process helps because the universities are compelled to introspect and put in place mechanisms that would assist them to elevate women in academia and create an enabling environment for them to break the 'glass ceiling'."

Do you know of  any reports/ published materials looking at this that we could cite in the policy briefs? 

thanks! 

 

ines_novella's picture

Dear all,
I could not make it to be on time for the whole conversation. It is a pity.

I am Inés Novella, coordinator of the TRIGGER project on structural/institutional change at the Technical University of Madrid.
I am part of the UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation.

I will try to read all the comments and ideas you have been sharing.

arroyo_lidia's picture

You are very welcome Ines. 

The e-dicussion formally finishes at 16:30 but this will remain open. Any of you will be able to write new comments whenever you want.

Lidia  

arroyo_lidia's picture

Dear all, 

It has been a pleasure to count on your active, stimulating and excellent participation on this GenPORT e-Discussion on Recruitment and Promotion of Women Researchers.

Thank you very much for putting in common your experience and knowledge in the field. I hope you have enjoyed the e-discussion and you have found new ideas and resources on gender equality in research. This could be a good start for future collaborations in this field. 

We have arrived to the end of the e-discussion but you are welcome to answer comments and post new ones whenever you want. This group will remain open for you. 

We also encourage you to upload publications, projects and other materials about gender and science on GenPORT. 

Best wishes and welcome to GenPORT community!

Lidia 

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