Building peace in the minds of men and women

Città della Scienza hosts the Euro-Mediterranean SHEMERA Workshop



Città della Scienza in Naples, Italy, will host on 30 May 2014 the Euro-Mediterranean SHEMERA Workshop. Empowering women in science in the Euro-Mediterranean area, gender awareness and knowledge rising on gender issues, networking and steering policy-making on gender equality in science are the objectives of SHEMERA.

SHEMERA, SHE euroMEditerranean Research Area, is funded by the European Commission under the Science in Society Programme of FP7, to enhance research cooperation on gender and science between the European Union and the Mediterranean countries. Research cooperation is aimed at better understanding the roots of gender inequality in science in the area, taking into account cultural diversities and traditions. It will analyse how the Mediterranean countries are addressing this issue.

The main scope of this workshop in Naples is to share the outcomes with European Countries and to identify new policies for the promotion of gender equality in the short- and mid-term. This workshop will focus on 3 approaches from the progress attained in the 3 SHEMERA axes of research (statistics on gender and science, gender equality policies in science, and research on gender inequalities in scientific careers). Three thematic groups will be proposed in order to focus discussions on the main key issues: (a) the presence of women in research in Arab Countries (past, present and future); (b) root causes of gender segregation in the labour market; (c) policies and measures to promote gender equality in the evolving context of MPCs.

This workshop - which will be the intermediate step before the final conference to be held in Cairo, Egypt, in October 2014 - will represent the crossroad between the results of the research and the formulation of recommendations for policy-makers aimed at ensuring a better integration of the gender dimension in research policies of these countries. 

In addition to SHEMERA partners, expected participants are national representatives of women/gender-sensitive scientific associations in the Europe and in the Mediterranean partner Countries, and leaders of other European project in the field.

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Gender Equality is a global priority of UNESCO - therefore it is crucial that advocating and affirming the important role of women in science and technology is mainstreamed throughout the Organization’s scientific programmes and activities. As a result, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), encourages the promotion and the discussion of gender in S&T issues especially at the regional level (i.e., South-East Europe and the Mediterranean area).


For additional info on the workshop please contact, Anne-Marie Bruyas  bruyas(at)