In a panel discussion held at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, journalist Cecilia Montero emphasized the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into scientific and technological research, as well as into the historical narrative and communication of these fields. The event was held in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed on February 11th.
Montero explained that using ‘violet glasses’ is vital in the scientific process, alluding to the need to recognize and address unfair situations, prejudices, and disparities against women. She asserted that this approach must be carried through from the initial stages of knowledge generation and research to the subsequent communication and dissemination of scientific findings to society.
Promoting gender diversity within scientific research and the dissemination of scientific knowledge was advocated by panelists Mónica Angulo Miñarro and Liliana Quintanar from Cinvestav. Aketzalli González Santiago from La Bombilla also highlighted the significance of incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication.
The talk also discussed the historical and ongoing gender imbalance within the sciences, with Montero underscoring the importance of recognizing diversity when communicating scientific information. The panelists called for fostering opportunities for young girls interested in science, promoting female participation in technology and science for social justice and workforce diversification.