Hard Frontiers: The Influence of Women in Antarctic Science

This weekend marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an anniversary designated by the United Nations General Assembly to honor the essential contribution of women in scientific and technological fields.

This day is more than just a date on the calendar, it calls us to reflect on the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in science, ensuring that all people, especially women, have access and opportunities in this crucial field. It is an occasion to recognize women's talent and dedication to science, as well as to reaffirm our commitment to a future in which science is open and accessible to all.

The figures revealed in the latest report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) do not paint an encouraging picture around the world: only one in three women does research. These data highlight the persistent gender gap in science and remind us of the importance of continuing to work to advance women's equal participation in research and innovation.

However, statistics from the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH) give us another look at what is happening in our country's Antarctic reality.

First, the National Institute for the Advancement of Women is made up of 41% women, and in leadership positions the percentage rises to 46%. Secondly, the organization has strengthened training on gender issues among its staff. In 2021, 52.6% of employees received at least one training in this area, and by 2022, this number had risen to 65.8%.

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