The webinar attracted 165 participants. The event took place on 10 March.
The Czech Liaison Office for Education and Research in Brussels (CZELO), together with colleagues from liaison offices of Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, organized a webinar on 10 March on gender equality in European research, innovation and higher education. The event attracted 165 participants and its aim was to present the latest developments in gender policy at the European Union level as well as gender initiatives at the national level of the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.
Anne Pépin, Senior Expert at the Gender equality sector from Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), opened the event by presenting some of the findings of the She Figures 2021 report. In general, we can say that the European Union places a high priority on promoting gender equality in all areas; however, despite progress made, Europe still faces numerous structural barriers to achieving gender equality. The outputs of the EU's western and eastern member states, which are sometimes very different, are also problematic. Women leaders in the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia, for example, are significantly undersized in comparison to the EU 27 average. There is also under-representation of women in PhD studies in the Information and Communication Technologies, where number of female graduates is significantly lower than the EU 27 average, with Czech Republic and Lithuania faring the worst.