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  • July 20th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-equality.jpgMore action to encourage women’s involvement in scientific research has been foreshadowed as part of the European Year for Equal Opportunity – 2007.

The European Commission says an action plan started eight years ago has had some positive results but still only 29% of scientific researchers are women, and only 5.8% of women are working in the field of technology – which is seen as hampering economic growth.

It has set up a body called the Helsinki Group on Women in Science, to carry out long term monitoring of female involvement in scientific research and provide expert advice.
Year for Equal Opportunity commemorations include a campaign for awareness of rights to equal treatment and of benefits from diversity.

The EC says it is carrying out public consultations aimed at “new measures to tackle discrimination based on gender, religion, belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.”

Picture: Equality campaign image, EC