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Breaking Through Barriers: The Importance of a Gender Perspective in Science and Technology Research

The gender perspective is crucial in scientific and technological research, as well as in the way history of these disciplines is told and communicated. This was emphasized by Cecilia Montero, former president of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists, during a panel on communicating science with a gender perspective at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico on February 11.

Montero emphasized 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 stressed 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 panelists Liliana Quintanar from Cinvestav and biologist Aketzalli González Santiago from La Bombilla outreach collective. They stressed the need for scientific communication with a gender perspective throughout history and addressed an androcentric vision of scientific disciplines. They highlighted

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