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Bridging the Gender Divide: The Importance of Gender Perspective in Science Communication


Feb 11, 2024
Viewing the world of research through violet lenses: a fresh perspective

As a journalist, I had the opportunity to speak with Cecilia Montero during a panel discussion at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The event emphasized the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into scientific research and communication.

Montero highlighted the need for ‘violet glasses’ to recognize and address unfair situations, prejudices, and disparities against women in science. She advocated that this approach should be carried through from the initial stages of knowledge generation and research to the subsequent communication and dissemination of scientific findings to society.

The diverse perspectives and contexts present in Mexico were underscored by Montero, highlighting the importance of considering different viewpoints when communicating scientific information. She also mentioned the need to extend opportunities particularly for young girls interested in science and promote gender diversity within scientific research and knowledge dissemination.

Mónica Angulo Miñarro supported this call for fostering gender diversity in scientific research, emphasizing an inclusive environment for women in scientific careers. Promoting female participation in technology and science was seen as crucial for social justice and workforce diversification. The talk also discussed historical imbalance within science communication with a gender perspective.

Liliana Quintanar from Cinvestav challenged traditional narratives by highlighting the significance of incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication, while Aketzalli González Santiago from La Bombilla outreach collective discussed how to challenge gender-biased language used in scientific narratives.

Overall, it is clear that incorporating a gender perspective into science communication is crucial for creating an inclusive environment where everyone has equal opportunities to participate fully. By doing so, we can foster greater diversity within science fields and ultimately lead towards a more equitable society for all individuals involved.

In conclusion, Montero’s talk reaffirmed the importance of addressing gender disparities within scientific research and communication, encouraging inclusivity within these fields. Her message resonated well with both academic researchers as well as laypeople alike, reminding us that there is still much work to be done before we achieve true equality within these domains.

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