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International Council for Science issues an advisory note on the issue of gender-based harassment in the practice of science

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the International Council for Science calls for more effective strategies to promote gender equality and equitable access to all resources in the practice of science, notably in the area of field research, and to remove barriers to the full participation in science by women.

This call emerges from a workshop organized by the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS), Mexican Academy of Sciences, and ICSU Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean on “GENDER ISSUES IN FIELD RESEARCH: Mobility and Internationalization of Science” held in Mexico City on 27 April 2016.

Gender-based harassment can limit mobility of women researchers, and contribute to the under-representation of women in senior careers, as scholars and as leaders in science and industry. Such barriers have the potential to harm the integrity of the research community, relationships amongst its practitioners, and victims’ commitment to scientific research and scholarship.

The advisory note “Mobility and Field Research in the Sciences: Gender Equality and Prevention of Harassment” is available here. The International Council for Science invites members, interdisciplinary bodies and partner organizations to raise awareness of this note.

This advisory note is based on the International Council for Science’s Statute 5 on the Principle of Universality of Science commits the council and its members to supporting scientists’ freedom of movement, association, expression and communication, and to promote equitable and non-discriminatory access to science.

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