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Breaking Barriers: The Urgent Need for Gender Parity in Science and Technology Research and Communication

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Feb 11, 2024
Viewing the world of research through violet lenses: a fresh perspective

The need for a gender perspective in scientific and technological research, as well as in the historical narrative and communication of these fields, was emphasized by Cecilia Montero. She spoke during a panel called Communicating Science with Violet Glasses at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. The event was held to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed on February 11th.

Montero explained that using ‘violet glasses’ is crucial in the scientific process, alluding to the need to recognize and address unfair situations, prejudices, and disparities against women. She argued that this approach must be carried through from the initial stages of knowledge generation and research to the subsequent communication and dissemination of scientific findings to society.

Highlighting the diversity of Mexico, Montero underscored the importance of including various perspectives and contexts when communicating scientific information, especially in a country as diverse as Mexico.

Promoting gender diversity within scientific research and the dissemination of scientific knowledge was advocated by the panelists. Mónica Angulo Miñarro supported this call for fostering gender diversity in scientific research, emphasizing a more inclusive environment for women in scientific careers. Promoting female participation in technology and science was seen as crucial for social justice and workforce diversification.

The talk also discussed the historical and ongoing gender imbalance within the sciences and the importance of scientific communication with a gender perspective. Liliana Quintanar and Aketzalli González Santiago from Cinvestav and La Bombilla outreach collective respectively highlighted the significance of incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication, challenging androcentric biases in scientific narratives, language

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