BUAP, an organization committed to reducing the gender gap in education and science

  • On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the 2nd BUAP Scientists' Symposium and the Academic Exhibition of Scientists will be held, among others.

Women's entry into science and technology is an issue on the current agenda. According to UNESCO, the global average rate of female researchers is 29.3%, and only 35% of those enrolled in STEM fields in higher education are women.

At BUAP, although more than 51 percent of those enrolled at senior secondary and tertiary levels are women, who are distinguished by having the best averages and a final proficiency above the national average, this is not yet reflected in the postgraduate courses. In exact sciences, where men are the majority, said María del Carmen García Aguilar, Head of the Institutional Directorate for Gender Equality.

The official explained that the female enrollment rate in STEM professions is 38 percent in Mexico, 34 percent in Argentina, 30 percent in Brazil, and 25 percent in Chile. This data represents less than 30% of the total number of female researchers in the field of science in Latin America and the Caribbean.

She believes that a range of social, cultural and economic factors, as well as family environments, influence women's low participation in the exact sciences, leading to them dropping out of school.

For this reason, he stated that one of BUAP's commitments is to contribute to reducing the gender gap, based on strategies to create an environment in which students perform in a safe and educational space.

“BUAP is committed to students and is therefore implementing a series of strategies; some of them focused on maternity support programs, for example, giving priority to university mothers in choosing study schedules that allow them to continue their studies and adapt them to their personal lives; in addition, installing wet nurses in places Comfortable and safe.Another strategy is awareness sessions for teachers and administrators on general masculinity and gender diversity.

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The DIIGE President noted that it is no coincidence that in more than 30 years, only 6 percent of Nobel Prize winners have been women. Hence the importance of celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, corresponding to February 11, for which BUAP organized a series of activities.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In coordination with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, the second BUAP Scientific Symposium: Agents of Change will be held on February 12 and 13 at the Central University Library.

The opening keynote lecture entitled “Women and Science” will be delivered by Iris Bautista Guzmán, Academician in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics; The closing keynote “Bridging the Gender Gap in Science” was delivered by Lilia Meza Montes from the Institute of Physics “Ing. Luis Rivera Terrazas.” The program includes 58 presentations on research networks, gender mainstreaming, reconciling work and scientific life, and the university context.

Likewise, the Academic Exhibition of Scientists will be held at the Children's Department, at the University of Ciudad, at 10:00 a.m. on February 15, with three activities: an opening table “Girls and Science” and a dialogue with young girls from this nursery and doctors Gloria Tirado Villegas, from the Alfonso Villegas Institute. Velez Pliego” for Social Sciences and Humanities; Andrea Guadalupe Rodriguez Lopez, from UN Women; and María del Carmen García Aguilar and Elva Rivera Gomez, from DIIGE.

In addition, the academic exhibition of scientists and the main conference “The Importance of Girls and Women in Science”, presented by Andrea Guadalupe Rodríguez López, from UN Women.

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These are some of the various activities to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science at BUAP.

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