Women and science: Why have an international day?


Today, 11 February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and we at the UOC want to turn the spotlight on a recurring situation that has gone on for far too long. We are referring to the fact that still today women encounter numerous obstacles in the field of science: less than 30% of those carrying out scientific research around the world are women.

The scientific field will never be able to help us achieve the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals without gender equality, and the UOC is firmly committed to making both the Goals and equality a reality.

That is why the UOC contributes to research into the gender gap in STEM fields though the IN3 research group GenTIC, which is led by researcher Milagros Sáinz. The University also promotes the Equit@T Awards, which recognize women scientists working in traditionally male-dominated fields, or the inclusive Code Club project, which provides social mentoring in technologies to encourage adolescents to pursue STEM careers.

There could be no better time than today to present the following infographic as an expression of our desire to see diversity in the research community and more women in science. The numbers speak for themselves and one can only hope that a change is on the horizon.

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