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Exploring the World of Research Through Violet Lenses


Feb 11, 2024

The gender perspective is crucial not only in scientific and technological research, but also in how the history of these disciplines is told and communicated. This was emphasized by Cecilia Montero, former president of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists, during the panel on communicating science with a gender perspective. The panel took place at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico in honor of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11.

Montero stressed the importance of viewing the entire scientific process through what she called “violet glasses” – a new way of looking at the world to recognize and address unfair situations and disadvantages faced by women. She emphasized that the gender perspective should be applied not only to women, but also to men, as both are part of a diverse society in which scientific knowledge is generated and communicated.

Mónica Angulo Miñarro, project manager at the British Council and voluntary general director of Girls in Tech Mexico, agreed with Montero, emphasizing the need for scientific research to also be carried out with a gender perspective. She discussed a decalogue for the communication of science with a gender perspective, promoted by the chair of scientific culture at the University of the Basque Country.

The importance of involving more women, particularly girls, in scientific research and communication was also highlighted by the panelists. Liliana Quintanar from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) and biologist Aketzalli González Santiago from the La Bombilla outreach collective also participated in the discussion, stressing the need for scientific communication with a gender perspective throughout history, and addressing the androcentric vision of scientific disciplines. They highlighted the need for more representation of both sexes within scientific work.

In conclusion, the panel discussed the importance of applying a gender perspective to all aspects of scientific and technological research, including the way in which the history of these disciplines is told, and how they are communicated and disseminated to society in general and within specific contexts. The goal is not only to address social injustices but also to ensure representation of both sexes within scientific work.

By Editor

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