Gender Summit: Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?
Gender Summit 2021 (GS21) Europe: Gender Equality, Diversity, Inclusion post-Corona: Quo vadis?
Gender equality, diversity, and inclusion have been identified as essential pre-requisites for excellence in science and scholarship, as well as for the socio-economic development of societies. Much progress has been made since the publication in 2000 of the ETAN report, which for the first time presented detailed statistical evidence on the underrepresentation of women in science in the EU.
Since then, equal treatment legislation, gender mainstreaming, integration of the gender perspective into relevant policies, as well as specific gender equality intervention measures to advance women, have contributed to the observed improvements in the status and involvement in knowledge endeavours.
Still, gender gaps persist in certain fields and in leadership positions, and gender bias favouring evidence for men is widespread in scientific literature. They manifest more general, historical lack of diversity among researchers, science leaders and decision-makers, and populations selected for study. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the gaps, biases and inequalities have become more sharply expressed.