Title: GMOSS Gender Action Plan
Authors: LACROIX VincianeSTEPHENNE MASSART NATHALIEBURNLEY CLEMENTINE EWOKOLONIEMAYER Irmgard
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC43774
ISBN: 978-92-79-07584-1
ISSN: 1018-5593
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43774
DOI: 10.2788/53480
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: The European Commission considers that without gender equality in science and without a better use of the human resources available, scientific excellence will never be truly achieved within the European research area. This is why it has developed a gender equality policy in particular to promote the participation of women scientists in EU Framework Programme activities and to ensure that the gender dimension is properly addressed in EU-funded research content. In this context, the GMOSS network of excellence (NoE) set up a Gender Action Programme including two major actions. In order to address the gender dimension in security, the NoE organized a workshop looking at the perspective of women in conflict, post conflict reconstruction and peace building. The workshop involved the participation of keynote speakers and panel experts drawn from political geography, from national and international network of women with both research and field expertise in peace building. On the other hand, the NoE indirectly addresses the problem of a weak participation of women in scientific research careers and in management positions, in an artistic exhibition. It is indeed often argued that women do not engage themselves in such careers because they believe their private life would suffer from such a choice. While it is difficult to be sure of the reasons for lack of career progression, according to the figures available women do engage (30%) but are not promoted (14%). In this respect, the artistic exhibition featuring some male and female GMOSS researchers, questioning them about the sharing of their private and professional life, stresses that having a rich private life can be compliant with excellence at work, for both women and men. This paper summarizes the GMOSS Gender Action Plan (GAP), starting from its early experience, with a focus on the gender dimension in security research workshop, and then presenting the exhibition concept before providing an overall conclusion on the lesson learned on its GAP.
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