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Equality Benefits All: Make Equality Bloom

After two years of collective work, the partners of the Gender-SMART project disseminated, from February 11 #InternationalWomenInScienceDay​ to March 9 #InternationalWomensDay​, several elements of reflection and guidance allowing to engage in a project to strengthen the gender culture.

On March 23, an Online RoundTable allowed direct discussion on the challenges of these changes.

Here is a little glance to our messages during this period.

 

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The EU Gender‐SMART project is focusing on gender as intersecting with other social dimensions in scientific institutions and research fields related to agriculture including food, livestock, fishery, forestry, natural resource management, and farming and rural life.

Since these fields have traditionally been part of (former) agricultural institutes, universities and faculties, they have not been addressed as such in other EU gender initiatives. Though, this research area offers ample opportunity to combine life and social sciences in responsibly applied ways toward equitable impacts while acknowledging the historical embeddedness in the multiple social and gender specifics of food provision, family farming and rural life. This includes global issues around food security, migration and climate change and setups of international fellowships, employment and partnerships.

This approach to food‐, farm‐ and rural‐based research invites to:

  1. discuss a gender‐responsibly combining of life and social sciences;
  2. address family‐work relations in various entrepreneurial settings;
  3. stretch gender as intersecting with race/ethnicity, wealth/class, generation, health status, religion and other social dimensions.

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Gender-SMART is a community of seven European Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) and Research Funding Organizations (RFOs), operating in the broadly framed field of research in food, agricultural and life sciences, supported by two technical partners.

This community has committed to the three following operational objectives:

Seven Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) are actively implemented, tackling the following areas of actions:

  • Building a Gender Equality Culture;
  • Developing equal career support measures; 
  • Reshaping decision-making and governance;
  • Integrating gender in funding, research and teaching

Change is steered beyond the project timeline, as GEPs are co-designed with relevant stakeholders, made visible and accessible to targeted audiences and the broader community, continuously supported by the top management, fully integrated and institutionalized, and adopted by target groups into their daily practices

Lessons are learnt and good practices are disseminated within and beyond the academia, through engaging stakeholders beyond Europe and designing tools that are “open to the world”. Gender-SMART adopts a holistic approach combined with a field-specific dimension, the articulation of a sound theoretical framework with more practical knowledge, addressing gender equality as a matter of scientific excellence, as well as a strong commitment to sustainability and openness. [read more...]