On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Camilo José Cela University library held an event with a conference given by Paula Sanchón, a pre-doctoral researcher at the University of Salamanca; Marina Gomez, PhD student in the Health Sciences programme at Camilo José Cela University and Cayetana Ruiz, PhD in Nursing Sciences, professor and head of the Academic Secretariate of the School of Health at UCJC.
During her presentation, Paula Sanchón analysed the long process involved in studying a degree related to science, answering questions about how to get to do a doctorate, and if there is a gender gap in the scientific world, an area dominated by men both in the study of science and scientific careers.
Today, women and girls encounter barriers of many kinds, sometimes very subtle, that hinder their presence in science. On 15 December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, fostering education and public awareness activities to help ensure greater participation and progress of women and girls in science.
In September 2016, a group of people from the scientific field, on a completely voluntary and non-profit basis, launched the February 11 Initiative, with which they aimed to propose activities to commemorate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and that would promote the work of women scientists, to create female role models in the fields of science and technology, and to promote practices that foster gender equality.