The first two workshops takes place on Thursday, February 11, one in the morning, at 10:00 am, and the other in the afternoon at 2:30 pm, and gather a series of experts first to discuss whether "Engineering is Science?", then to reflect on the participation of women in the exploration of space, under the theme "A small step for Women ... A big step for Humanity".
After these initial workshops, they will take place twice per month, with a workshop scheduled for 11 March on “Women and Artificial Intelligence” and on 23 March,“Your future: What profession to choose”.
In April, the first workshop on the 9th is “Conversations from another world: women and space”, with the workshop following on the 22nd “International Day of Girls in ICT [Information Technologies and Communication]: It's your turn!”.
These workshops end in May, more specifically on the 28th, International Energy Day.
In a statement, the office of the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro, recalls that the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly to “warn of gender inequality that penalizes the opportunities and careers of women in the fields of science, technology and innovation”.
On the other hand, he points out that he has had as a “central concern” the constant decrease in the number of women graduated in ICT, which in 1999 was 26 percent and dropped to 17.4 percent in 2009, having then recovered to 21 percent in 2018.
“To combat this reality, the 'Engenheiras Por Um Dia' Project was created, which has already reached 7,975 young people from secondary education”, reads the statement, which adds that it is an initiative of the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, it is coordinated by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) in conjunction with the Portuguese Association for Diversity and Inclusion, Instituto Superior Técnico and Ordem dos Engenheiros.
The initiative, which is in its fifth edition, involves 56 partner entities - companies and municipalities, 23 schools and 13 higher education institutes.
The Secretary of State takes the opportunity to call for an “institutional transformation in teaching and scientific research, so that the barriers that women face in scientific careers, access to decision-making positions”, stressing that these will be mandatory funding requirements in the new European framework for research and innovation Horizon Europe 2021-2027.