This project is being co-ordinated by Dr Marcela Linkova, from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. The UM consortium includes Prof. Janet Mifsud, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Prof. Josanne Cutajar, Department of Gender Studies, Dr Brian Warrington, project officer and Ms Tania Aquilina, PSO. The MCST consortium partner include Dr Jennifer Cassingena Harper and Ms Jacqueline Grech.
GENDERACTION aims to map and analyse Members States’ progress towards implementation of gender equality in R&I through national ERA action plans and strategies; provide training events to build capacity in gender equality and provide mutual learning opportunities to maximize experience among stakeholders. It also aims to build new collaborations to advance gender equality in international cooperation in science, technology and innovation.
The aim of this workshop was to map the major gender-related concerns in STI in non-EU countries and regions with a view to developing recommendations for the European Commission and EU Member States. The participants included experts from Nigeria, Senegal, El Salvador, Turkey, Brazil, Jordan, Egypt, Kosovo and South Africa among others. The objectives of the workshop was to establish contacts and network on gender equality in STI globally, discuss examples of good practices and Identify barriers that hinder greater involvement of women researchers from third countries in international cooperation in STI.
In her opening speech, Prof. Carmen Sammut, Pro-Rector for Student and Staff Affairs and Outreach, University of Malta, described how the University of Malta is presently celebrating 100 years since the graduation of its first female graduate. She explained how the advancement of women in public life in Malta has been slow. Female graduates represent 60% of all students across the University.