In a panel called Communicating Science with Violet Glasses, held at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, journalist Cecilia Montero emphasized the necessity of incorporating a gender perspective into scientific and technological research. She spoke during the event, which 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.
Highlighting the diversity of Mexico, Montero underscored the importance of including various perspectives and contexts when communicating scientific information, especially in a country as diverse as Mexico.
The need to extend opportunities, particularly to young girls interested in science, was mentioned by Montero. Promoting gender diversity within scientific research and the dissemination of scientific knowledge was advocated by the panelists.
Mónica Angulo Miñarro supported this call for fostering gender diversity in scientific research, emphasizing a more inclusive environment for women in scientific careers. Promoting female participation in technology and science was seen as crucial for social justice and workforce diversification.
The talk also discussed the historical and ongoing gender imbalance within the sciences and the importance of scientific communication with a gender perspective. Liliana Quintanar and Aketzalli González Santiago from Cinvestav and La Bombilla outreach collective respectively highlighted how incorporating gender perspectives into scientific communication can challenge gender biases in narratives and language.