Launch of the Women for Science Working Group
The Women for Science Working Group of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) was officially launched on June 11, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro in conjunction with the VII Meeting of the National Focal Points of the IANAS Science Education Program.
One of the cornerstones of this initiative was the Women for Science Symposium, held in Mexico on April 2009.
The Working Group is intended to aid IANAS in implementing the recommendations of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Advisory Report on Women for Science, which addresses the traditional under-representation of women in science and technology, and makes recommendations to the science academies for remedying this situation.
In collaboration with the Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and the UNESCO Chair on Women in S&T in Latin America, the Women for Science Working Group will develop a Plan of Action for the IANAS member academies to build an inclusive institutional culture in S&T organizations, promote education in S&T for girls and women, increase the visibility of women scientists, and support networking, leadership training and mentoring for women in science.