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International Women's Day 2018

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International Women's Day 2018
International Women's Day 2018

08/03/2018 - Trieste

International Women's Day 2018 focuses on activism, with the theme 'The Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives'. This rides on a wave of attention recently given to many persistent issues integral to women's gender parity around the world. Movements to end sexual harassment and violence against women have gained attention and momentum, and campaigns for equal pay and access to health care, education, assets, and justice shoulder on.

At ICTP, a key related issue is the equal access and treatment for women in science, and in particular physics and math. Women drop of out science at high rates as career paths progress, and some fields and countries are still very male-dominated. While stereotypes of scientists sometimes paint them as logical humans untouched by the irrationality of the rest of society, harassment, implicit bias, and strict career requirements are major barriers to the parity for women in research.

For the past several years, ICTP's Career Workshop for Women in Physics has helped women deal with these challenges specific to them, challenges that are often much more pronounced for women of color and women doing research in the developing world. Outreach activities for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science helps spread awareness about factors that cause women to leave science or to never enter.

And ICTP celebrates the great science that women do when they overcome these challenges: their contributions to physics and math are enormous, and the continued fight to reduce barriers and obstacles to women in science and women worldwide draws inspiration from this great work. The #timeisnow to end these obstacles to full gender parity in the sciences and everywhere else. To learn more about ICTP's activties to encourage gender equality in science, follow the links below:

Resources for joining in the fight for gender parity in science are available here,  here, and here.