The OEI promotes scientific vocations as a bet on breaking the gender gap
To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science this Sunday, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science, and Culture (OEI) wants to highlight the importance of promoting the scientific vocations of women and girls towards a more inclusive world.
In our country, boys and girls have a highly masculine image of scientists. Indeed, the female presence in technical careers such as physics or engineering barely reaches 30% in Spain. For all Ibero-American nations, only 20% of female students choose sciences in their bachelor’s degree studies, according to the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology, and Society (CTS Observatory).
Therefore, the OEI promotes scientific and entrepreneurship training for girls in secondary education in countries like Costa Rica Costa Rica, which has already achieved remarkable results. Through its Iberdivulga project, the OEI has published more than a hundred articles written by teachers from the Community of Educators for Scientific Culture, such as “I do not want to be a princess, I want to be a quantum physicist and study antimatter”. The OEI has pioneered research on the relationship between science and gender: in 2003-2004, it published - jointly with Unesco-Montevideo - the first comparative study on the situation of women in science and technology in several Ibero-American countries.
The work of the OEI in the field of promoting the scientific vocations of girls and women has been highlighted in numerous news media, such as the Cadena SER.