11 February is annually marked by the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which has been institutionally celebrated at UFSC since 2021. The University has been taking actions that aim at seeking gender equality in science and, consequently, at the institution. In the last year, UFSC established a committee to implement equity policies; launched a course for undergraduate students on the subject; and awarded women scientists. In 2022, new goals are set with the creation of a permanent and representative committee and the planning of new advances that can be institutionalized on a permanent basis.
“For a year now, UFSC has turned its gaze to its women scientists with increased attention. But this is just the beginning. There is still a lot to be done”, emphasizes the Vice-Rector of UFSC, Cátia Carvalho Pinto. “We understand that this is a path of no return and that it is the result of the movement of our entire university community. The women and girls at UFSC want to be seen, heard, and they want their research to be supported”, highlights the manager and researcher.
Rector Ubaldo Cesar Balthazar believes that every step that has been taken is an important step forward. “It was a milestone in 2021 to have so many actions aimed at equity at UFSC. It is now vital that these efforts continue, and that is what we have been striving for,” he points out.
The actions that stood out in 2021 will have a new investment in 2022: UFSC has just formalized the Permanent Equity Committee; the courses on Gender, Diversity and Equity taught by the Institutional Program for Educational Support to Students (PIAPE) will have resources available to be offered in 2022; and the new edition of the Women in Science Award, which will be launched on 8 March (International Women’s Day), will reward black women researchers at UFSC.
Learn more about each of the actions and how they shall be developed throughout 2022:
Translated by SINTER/UFSC
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