Want to learn more about International Women’s Day ?
International Women’s Day emerged in the context of social movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and Europe. It was an opportunity to focus on past struggles and achievements and, above all, to prepare the future and the opportunities for future generations of women.
The International Women’s Day happens once a year in order to celebrate the economic, social, cultural and political accomplishments of women all around the world. It is also an important day for accelerating gender equality.
The International Women’s Day was originally called International Working Women’s Day and happens on March 8 every year since 1914. The first International Women’s Day took place on the 19th March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
As a European Science Communication Agency our role is to help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. STARBIOS2 is one of our Horizon 2020 projects in which the goal is to attain responsible biosciences through the key issues of Responsible Research and Innovation ( RRI) :
- Open Access
- Public Engagement
For International Women’s Day we find it important to focus on how using communication is important to achieve Gender Equality in research. Favouring Gender Equality within research institutions is a necessary step for modernising them as well as favouring gender in research and innovation content.
Maybe you are asking yourself what you could do to promote Gender Equality?
There are 4 steps to follow to put Gender Equality into practice:
- Promoting gender equality in political decision-making. Research shows that gender diversity pays off: there is a positive correlation between women in leadership positions and business performance.
- Guarantee parity in term of Research & Innovation by investing in equal opportunities for men and women in R&I which will help to promote teams that performs better.
- Include gender equality in research proposals by thinking about other dimensions of a proposal, such as the diversity of voices considered.
- Embed the gender dimension into R&I contents as investing in equal opportunities for men and women attracts high-profile researchers which yields research teams with better performance.
On the occasion of the 2017 International Women’s Day, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment advises all stakeholders to “BeBoldForChange” towards gender equality for an equal World in 2030.
The main objectives to achieve by 2030
- Ensure that all girls and boys follow a full cycle of free and quality education leading to meaningful learnings
- Make sure that all boys and girls have access to early childhood development activities that prepare them for school
- Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls worldwide
- Get rid of all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private life
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child marriage, early or forced weddings, and female genital mutilation
HeForShe campaign, 20 September 2014 at the Headquarters of the UNO in New York .
Today is International Women’s Day, THE day of the year dedicated to women, and only women ! But Gender Equality is the belief that everyone should receive equal treatment all year long and not be discriminated. In order to promote the equality of genders, at Sparks & Co, as a European Science Communication Agency, we must to include it in our Research & Innovation projects. That is one of the main objective of STARBIOS2, the goal of which is to integrate the five key issues of RRI in biosciences.