In December, GYA member Natalia Kucirkova co-authored a Routledge book on “Inspirational Women in Academia. Supporting Careers and Improving Minority Representation“, which looks at prevailing stereotypical expectations about the aspirations of many women in science, especially those with an ethnic minority backgrounds, and the resulting harm and discrimination.
On World Kindness Day on 13 November 2022, group members pledged to observe the global movement supporting kindness and compassion in their daily lives, especially at work, and to be leaders who inspire positive change. The COVID-19 pandemic has evoked timely reflections on what it means to exercise kindness while the world adapts to the ‘new normal’. It may be audacious to be kind during difficult times, but every attempt counts – and all are invited to join the GYA Women in Science working group in showing kindness to the people around us every day.
In September group member Monika Kędra gave a presentation on inclusion, diversity and equity at the GYA online event “Young and Global – A perspective on today’s challenges in science” together. This event was part of the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77). Read more about the session and watch the full presentation here.
Furthermore, GYA members Éva Dékány and Stefania Mondello participated in an online workshop organised by GENDERACTIONplus (an EU Horizon Europe project with 26 partner organizations across Europe working to advance gender equality in the European Research Area). The workshop on “Consultation on tackling gender-based violence in academia” brought together early-career researchers representing various European National Young Academies, the GYA and other stakeholders such as associations of doctoral students in order to share their views and needs relating to this topic. The discussions at the workshop provided the development of a Call for Action on tackling gender-based violence in higher education and research, which was then presented to policymakers and high-level stakeholders within the research community at a conference on „Ending gender-based violence in academia” in November 2022.
In February and March, the group published several stories on social media platforms to contribute to #ThisLittleGirlIsMe campaign in support of the International Women’s day (IWD) 2022. You can read the corresponding blog entries here.
In 2021, he group conducted a survey among GYA members on discrimination and harassment at their workplace, led by Women in Science member Jonas Radl (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) and GYA alumna Shaheen Motala-Timol (Tertiary Education Commission, Mauritius). The survey results were published in GYA connections 2022, you can read the full article here.