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In Chile, women’s participation in scientific research is only 33% «UCN News per day – Universidad Católica del Norte

Information on the National Gender Policy in Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation was released in a major semester in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program at the University of California.

In Latin America, the percentage of women involved in STEM research is 44%. However, the reality of countries is quite different, as countries like Chile have lowered the region average, since there is only 33% of women’s participation in scientific research, said Maria José Escobar, Regional Ministerial Secretary of the Seremi de Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation In the Greater Central Region, during the main course on the National Policy on Gender Equality in Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation 50/50 for 2030.

The activity that is part of the innovative teaching project “Young STEM Leaders Program”, coordinated by Dr. Paulina Gutierrez, Teaching Secretary at the School of Business Sciences (ECIEM), brings together a multidisciplinary group of academics and students from the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) at the headquarters of Antofagasta and Coquimbo It seeks to increase the technological skills of institutions and companies, and reduce equity gaps.

During the talk, Ceremy highlighted the need to have female representatives in all fields of knowledge and knowledge, and to work with all the talents of the country, so that society grows sustainably and improves productivity on the basis of science and technology.

In this context, the National Policy for Gender Equality in Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation 50/50, seeks to motivate, retain and develop women in the fields of science, technology, knowledge and innovation (CTCI) working on four pillars “Inclusive Childhood, Protected and Skilled for the Future”,” Inclusive, Transformative, and Responsible Systems of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation”, “A country committed to CTCI’s gender data, tools and policies” and “Sci, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation to resolve the impacts of the gender gap in our society”.

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During the activity, Pablo Pinto, Director of the School of Business Sciences (ECIEM), highlighted that the STEM program allows students from the Coquimbo region to gain new knowledge and transversal skills. “Our commitment as a university is to support all developments of science and technology, and all surrounding activities that allow the development of our region and the growth of our students,” he added.


According to the World Economic Forum, Sirimi explained that if the current trends collected in 107 countries are projected, the global gender gap will close by an average of 130 years, in terms of the gap in women’s participation in economic activity, compared to humans, it will close within 257 general.

Therefore, María José Escobar pointed out that closing the gender gap requires active promotion of gender equality. He emphasized that scientific research, in all specialized fields, enriches with diversity, research and innovation has a greater impact, and progress towards sustainable development requires unleashing the full potential of our workforce in terms of knowledge, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. .