On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women—25 November 2016, www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday—the International Council for Science (ICSU) called for more effective strategies to promote gender equality and equitable access to all resources in the practice of science, notably in the area of field research, and to remove barriers to the full participation in science by women.
This call emerged from a workshop organized by the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS), the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the ICSU Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean on “Gender Issues in Field Research: Mobility and Internationalization of Science,” held in Mexico City on 27 April 2016. (see CI Sep 2016, p. 37; doi.org/10.1515/ci-2016-0527)
Gender-based harassment can limit the mobility of women researchers and contribute to the under-representation of women in senior careers, as scholars and as leaders in science and industry. Such barriers have the potential to harm the integrity of the research community, relationships amongst its practitioners, and victims’ commitment to scientific research and scholarship. The advisory note “Mobility and Field Research in the Sciences: Gender Equality and Prevention of Harassment” is available online.
This advisory note, based on the ICSU’s Statute 5 on the Principle of Universality of Science, commits the council and its members to supporting scientists’ freedom of movement, association, expression, and communication, and to promoting equitable and non-discriminatory access to science.
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