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PRA.G.E.S. - PRActising Gender Equality in Science - Versione italiana

The project "PRActising Gender Equality in Science" - PRA.G.E.S. consists of an action of coordination, lasting 21 months, aimed at comparing the various strategies implemented for promoting the presence of women in decision-making positions relating to scientific research in public institutions. It pursues the objective of collecting, classifying and evaluating good practices and positive actions (involving those where a positive contribution from men is recorded) that can be found in OECD countries, both at the national level and at the level of the individual institutions, and to make them available, in a usable form, to a number of selected targets, including both decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders. It is characterised by four particular elements:
  • the attempt to integrate the most important and relevant results deriving from the studies and good practices relating to the fight against vertical segregation in various professional, political and social areas;
  • enhancing the understanding of the exclusion of women as being deeply linked to what may be called the lack of socialisation of gender in science, that is, the resistance of scientific community to recognise and manage social and gender dynamics that drive the production of scientific research and its assessment;
  • the comparative approach, from a geographical point of view, with the inclusion of 11 partners coming from 6 countries (both European and non-European, including, in particular, the United States and Australia);
  • the orientation to benchmarking, above all in order to concretise the indications in terms of policy-making.