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Inequality of women in science, new report by the Observatory of Bioethics and Law

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Inequality of women in science, new report by the Observatory of Bioethics and Law

Of the total number of full professors in Spanish universities in 2003-2004, only 12.8% are women while women researchers in the CSIC account for only 15.4%. These are some of the data reported in the «Statement on Women and Science» produced by the Opinion Group of the Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD) at the UB, and located at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB, Barcelona Science Park). This publication highlights the absence of women in academic and professional activities in science and proposes the a better control of the current legislation designed to tackle this situation.

On 18 th November, the new document by the Opinion Group was made public in a press conference in which María Casado, director of the OBD, and Roser Gonzàlez, coordinator of this project and full professor of Genetics at the UB, participated. The conference was also attended by the full professor of Anthropology at the UB, M. Jesús Buxó, full professor of Geology at the “Universidad Complutense de Madrid” and ex-secretary of state for Universities and Research, Carmina Virgili, and the rector of the UPF, Rosa Virós; all of whom have contributed to the publication of this report.

The document highlights, firstly, that sexual discrimination is not perceived as such, neither by many women who suffer it nor by society at large. According to this study, “gender equality”, which is recognised as a right and is promoted in education, hinders, in practice, the public perception of discimination and disguises the true state of inequality and discrimination in opportunities and responsibilities.