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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: How can we promote gender equality in STEM
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: How can we promote gender equality in STEM
Evdokia Bairampa

11th of February is the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

On this day, “we celebrate the achievements of women, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, who have forged the way for those of us in science today, and to give the opportunity for childern: girls and boys, to choose role models in science’’ – Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, BSc, MSc, MD, PhD

Working together towards gender equality in academia – SPEAR’s cooperation with sister projects
Working together towards gender equality in academia – SPEAR’s cooperation with sister projects
Liliya Levandovska

Funded together with several other projects under the H2020 call aimed at supporting research organisations to implement gender equality plans (GEPs), SPEAR is striving to initiate institutional change in nine European Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) across Europe.

Cultivating Humanities: the Studies of Gender
Cultivating Humanities: the Studies of Gender
Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka

This academic year, at the University of Rijeka, we have launched the communis elective course ‘Gender Studies’ that is available to all students regardless of their study group, and regardless of whether they are on their BA or MA cycles. Alongside the course, we have published a textbook edited by Sanja Bojanić and Brigita Miloš, members of our SPEAR team.

Linking experiences: a path for gender equality
Linking experiences: a path for gender equality
Antónia Coutinho Vice-Dean for Students NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH)

In recent history, women issues were not part of the public agendas, communication was far from the several and agile means we have got and it couldn’t interfere in real time. So, each woman was alone to face her own gender experience: most of the time, she would think she was the only one to handle the problems she was dealing with. She could look at the world around and feel it should be different, she had no one to speak about. She had to take it on her own. In this context, to discover that her neighbor, her friend, her cousin, the friend of her cousin, the friend of the cousin of her neighbor (and so many other women) had similar difficulties in a world shaped by men was one step ahead to women conscience development. Feminist movements were crucial to connect women and create conditions for them to share experiences – as a qualitative leap to women empowerment and to gender equality.