ICMP HUMAN RIGHTS SESSION

Friday 6 August 2021

“The attainment of equality between women and men, and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women are fundamental human rights and United Nations values..”

United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

The traditional ICMP Human Rights session aims to provide a forum to discuss human rights issues. This year the session will be dedicated to Equal Opportunities and the Advancement of Women.

Over the past years there has been a growing and ongoing effort from the international scientific community to promote women and gender equality through the implementation of different programs and measures. These mechanisms aim, amongst others to:

  • Develop policies to promote gender equality and improve conditions for recruitment
  • Raise awareness of the contribution of women in science and overcome existing gender stereotypes
  • Establish and support international networks of women scientists
  • Improve access of girls and women to science education

Experience Sharing Platform

This year’s ICMP Human Rights session, programmed to take place on the 6th of August over a standing lunch, proposes an experience sharing platform in which a series of selected measures to increase the number of women in science and specifically women in mathematics and physics, will be discussed.

The idea is to present a variety of measures and initiatives taken to reduce the gender gap. These could range from specific initiatives and dedicated events to outreach activities or others. The discussions would centre around their impact as well as possible difficulties encountered and improvements to be considered. The aim is to start discussions, inform and inspire participants and provide them with a message to take home.


Presenting your contribution

For this session to be as effective as possible, we encourage contributions from our participants on different initiatives and mechanisms used to reduce gender inequality. These initiatives may be successful or may encounter some obstacles. In both cases, sharing your experience is useful. Contributions from either organizers or attendees / participants to such measures are welcome, the objective being to share your experience with the community and to identify and share best practices.

Important dates

• Submission deadline: 10th May

• Notification of outcome: 28th May

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Submission guidelines

General information: Selected measures will be presented during the Human Rights Session (ideally by participants onsite, to the extent allowed by the current Covid-19 situation), and will be of a maximum of 15min (including 5 min Q&A). Presentations should be in English. Selected Presenters will be offered a free congress dinner.


Description of the measure (total of 300-500 words)

  • A short introduction/description of the measure including the type of measure you would like to present
  • The challenges faced, the benefits and the lessons to be learnt / or any advice you would like to share.

Selection procedure

All submissions will be reviewed and the final selection will be done by the ICMP Human Rights Session organizers. The majority of remaining submissions will be accepted for the printed version of the Human Rights Session Programme which will also be available online.


Notification of acceptance

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 28th May 2021.Selected presenters will be contacted and allocated a maximum of 10 minutes presentation and 5 min Q&A (total Session duration 90 minutes) in the ICMP Human Rights session, 6th August 2021. Presentations must be made in English. Selected Presenters will have free congress dinner.

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