Promoting gender equality

  • 8 March is International Women's Day, an occasion celebrated by the United Nations since 1975, and first observed as National Woman's Day in the United States on 28 February 1909. 8 March is now celebrated in numerous countries around the world. This year's International Women's day topic is "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives".

  • How can we employ environmental nudges and people analytics to address inequalities?

    On 7 February 2018, CERN Head of Human Resources, James Purvis took part in the “EnGENDERing Success in STEM” workshop, which was organised by Crédit Suisse and took place at EPFL.

  • With 11 February marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, female physicists, engineers and computer scientists from CERN and from Fermilab share their experiences of building a career in science. Which is this year’s focus? Women working in technology and computing!

  • A few days ago, on 18 November, CERN participated in the biennial "Expanding your Horizons - Geneva" event for the 5th time, at the University of Geneva.

    The free event is organised by the "Elargis tes Horizons" association, which belongs to the wider Expanding your Horizons (EYH) network. EYH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing gateway Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers. ​

  • For the third consecutive year, the CERN Diversity Office facilitated a work group with science teachers on the topic of gender inclusive teaching in the framework of the CERN International Teacher Programme.
    This year’s work group outcome is a collaborative tool:

  • On 27 April, the sixth annual International Girls in ICT Day took place.

    Girls in ICT Day, an initiative supported by all the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Member States, provides an opportunity for girls and young women to experience technology in a whole new light. Girls in ICT Day aims to create a global environment that empowers girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ​​

  • A day at CERN organised by the Diversity Office and the PACMAN Marie-Curie project.

  • For the second time, CERN's Diversity Office facilitated a work group on the topic of gender inclusive teaching in the framework of the CERN High School Teacher Programme.

  • In 1981 Mary K Gaillard became the first woman on the physics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Her career as a theoretical physicist spanned the period from the inception — in the late 1960s and early 1970s — of what is now known as the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental confirmation, culminating with the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. Her book A Singularly Unfeminine Profession recounts Gaillard's experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated field, while tracing the development of the Standard Model as she witnessed it and participated in it.

  • For the second time, gender equality was a topic at the annual FCC meeting, this time taking place in Rome, Italy last week. The one hour working group, lead by the CERN Diversity Office dealt with how to embed gender equality efforts into the collaboration from the start.