May 25, 2022

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This article, like others that we will be publishing in these weeks, was written by a student of the Scientific High School “Gaetano Salvemini” in Bari, who participated in PON 0009707 -FSE and FDR – Learning and Society: ERGASTERIO – Proficiency Laboratories – Module: UmanaMente-02. Students worked on the topic of science journalism and more generally on the burning issue of correct information and dissemination. Led by director of “Ambient & Ambienti” Lucia Schinzano, they became familiar with essential aspects of journalistic writing, particularly writing “green” topics. They searched for, discussed and turned sources for articles and tried their hand at web journalism. All articles were accompanied by video interviews that the students conducted by their own means, and with much goodness Will, and was followed in this part of the trip by journalist Ruben Rotondo. The final stage consisted of editing. Articles appeared showing a simple but highly stimulating approach, which had the advantage of making children more aware of what they saw, heard or read. This is a beautiful achievement. Enjoy reading

UNESCO report, only 33% of researchers are women: there is still a long way to go

by Viviana Lipolis

“I have always had a passion for chemistry since I was a child. I’ve always loved mixing and crafting Even without knowing what I was doing. In short, Pastrucci” Valentina SistiPhD student in Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano on the occasion of International Day of women in turning off (short for Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Which is celebrated on February 11th. This day was established in 2015 by United Nations General Assembly A major goal is to promote the equal participation of girls in science. Many of those like Valentina Sisti will serve, but women remain on the fringes of all subjects embracing the scientific technical field.

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The data speaks

According to the latest UNESCO report, only 33% Of the female researchers who are only present in the 12% in scientific academies. It is a problem that also includes Italy, where there is only 16% from girls Graduated from the Scientific College against 37% subordinate boys. However, it is enough to look at the situation in Scandinavia and the United Arab Emirates to understand that the scientific differences between men and women in those places are completely non-existent. what does that mean? It is clearly not based on a biological issue, on the contrary, it has its roots in cultural and social stereotypes. It is precisely the social context in which they are immersed that causes prejudice towards women.

But at what age does prejudice begin?

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Usually, by the start of primary school, the bias that girls practice less in science subjects rather than in the humanities begins to take hold. The British call it The dream gender gap (Difference in dreams between the sexes). Therefore, from an early age, we are forced to face the fateful “mark” imposed by the environment around us. Thus, we must get used to working a lot with children so that we can break this “irrational” disparity once and for all. I think these preconceptions exist but we must not allow ourselves to be affected. We have to show our talent, that’s the only thing that matters,” he adds Ariana Berishia researcher at Milan Polytechnic, and left us with an important goal to pursue: never stop believing in one’s dreams and abilities.

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What is the main purpose?

On the other hand, this is the main goal towards which the International Day initiative is heading. It wishes to stimulate and spread women’s full and equal access to science and technology. It should not be underestimated that one of the main goals proposed by the United Nations by 2030 is to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women as a critical contribution to progress. However, it does not only aim for gender equality, it has many other goals such as recognition and respect by men for the presence of women in scientific and technological disciplines, and appreciation and sharing of successes in their field.

When was Women’s Day in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics born?

She was born during the “Global Forum for Women’s Health and Development” organized by the Royal Academy of International Sciences and the United Nations Fund for Economic and Social Affairs held from 10-11 February 2015 at United Nations Headquarters. The British Royal Society found in 2011 that about 90% of young British people and about two-thirds of the entire population could not mention a single famous scientist. However, in recent years we have had many examples of women who have provided a fundamental impetus for scientific development but the path ahead is still long.
Inspired by this and by the scholars who have left an indelible mark on our society, we must emulate and glorify them in the hope that more and more young people will devote themselves to research.

“In science there are no men or women, not even in terms or in work, science is for all… We must recognize science as the basis for sustainable development and always stress the role of science in equality.” This phrase was uttered in 1968 since Prince Muhammad bin King Faisal, Founding President of the Royal Academy of Sciences International Trust. How much is still left to go from words to deeds?

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