Discussion of women in environmental science / Article

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This year’s priority theme at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the context of climate change and environmental and disaster risk reduction. .

During the discussion, panelists highlighted the need for work-life balance support and stressed that particular importance should be given to access to childcare services, which allow women to successfully combine their scientific career and family life. The mutual support and cooperation of women is also essential.

Although the number of women in higher education is increasing, they are underrepresented in leadership positions in research and science; it is therefore essential to strengthen the representation of women in science. The elimination of gender-based violence and sexual harassment was also highlighted.

Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Andrejs Pildegovičs, recalled Latvia’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and highlighted Latvia’s current achievements in the field of gender equality.

The panelists who took part in the discussion were Professor Carolina Vera from the University of Buenos Aires and the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET); a representative from Germany, Dr. Frauke Muecksch, from Rockefeller University; a representative from Latvia, Dr. Brigita Daļecka, researcher at the Technical University of Riga, Laboratory for Water Research and Environmental Biotechnology; a representative of the Republic of Korea, Professor Moon Jeong Choi of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and Dr Debra Roberts of the Sustainable and Resilient Cities Initiatives Unit, Municipality of eThekwini, Durban South Africa and Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The full video of the discussion can be viewed above.

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