Realizing that the low representation of women in science and engineering is a major hindrance to global capacity building in science and technology, the IAC formed an Advisory Panel on Women for science with the mandate to review previous studies, provide examples of effective projects already implemented, and issue a set of actionable recommendations addressed particularly to the world’s science and engineering academies.
The recommendations and action items developed through the work of this Panel are presented in this report and are grouped around three themes:
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Individual academies usually have considerable leverage within their own countries, with many of them providing independent advice to their governments on matters of scientific and technological importance. Thus, for example, academies may press for nondiscrimination legislation in countries where women and minorities lack such protection by the law.
They may look into specific cases of gender-based job discrimination and the legal recourses; or they may support infrastructure (such as the creation of an office focused on diversity issues in science and engineering) to help those who are discriminated against. Academies may also work with government and industries to develop and interpret data on girls’ and women’s progress, or lack thereof, through the education/career pipeline.