Equal opportunities, Research and innovation
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According to UNESCO, only one in three people working in research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - the so-called STEM disciplines - is a woman; the percentage rises only slightly when considering those pursuing an academic education in one of these subjects. Other indicators from the same 2021 report show that women active in cutting-edge fields such as AI are 22 per cent, while they account for only a quarter of the total of those graduating in engineering (28 per cent).
These figures show that we are not fully exploiting the available potential, as more women and girls in science contribute to a diversity of perspectives, talent and creativity that benefits the entire community. Even in Switzerland, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender parity in these disciplines, at all levels of the education system, in the allocation of funding and funding, or in assignments to professional positions of responsibility.
In order to draw attention to this gender inequality in science and its consequences, UNESCO and UN-Woman have established the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which has been held every 11 February since 2015.
To mark this international day, SUPSI interviewed Michela Papandrea, Laura Azzimonti and Pamela Principi, three female researchers from three different fields who, in a short video, talk about what motivated them to embark on their scientific careers.
SUPSI promotes various initiatives in favour of a greater presence of women in technical and scientific education. Among these is Promtec, which, in collaboration with the Scuole di Arti e Mestieri di Trevano (Trevano School of Arts and Crafts), proposes various activities for pupils and students of various school orders, with visits to laboratories and informative moments with the aim of presenting training in the fields of construction, innovative technologies and chemistry from a gender perspective.
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