An International Day to overcome stereotypes of women and girls in science
There International Women’s Day and Girls in Science, established by the United Nations in 2015, it is celebrated every February 11th, with the aim of bringing new awareness and greater gender equality to the scientific community. In Italy, science subjects continue to be perceived as “less suitable” for girls, despite the latest research carried out by Ipsos for Save the Children highlights an interesting fact: 54% of adolescents at school are intrigued by STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
“You need not just one increased awarenessbut also a exchange of step that must start from school and from the family ”, said the minister of the university Maria Cristina Messa during a program intervention Radio Me too, on Rai Radio 1. For the occasion, the Mass minister confirmed the ministry’s decision to adopt two measures to support women in the fight against gender inequalityand in the field of education and work.
Then, the university minister announced a increase from the scholarships for girls Stem (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the introduction of mobility support for all female students who want to pursue a university career away from home. These are indispensable initiatives to raise awareness of the value of women and the contribution they can make in the scientific field.
“The acquisition of a flood scientific citizenship is considered by many today as a fundamental right to respond to environmental challenges and of health. However, the gender gap is very present and is rooted, right from the earliest cycles of education, in the stereotypes, still widespread today, that girls would have little inclination towards science subjects and that block their talents in the bud “, he says. Raffaela Milan Director of Save the Children’s Italy-Europe Programs.
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