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Monitoring progress towards Gender Equality in the Sixth Framework Programme, Sustainable Surface Transport, Executive Summary, EUR 23341 EN



"The pursuit of scientific knowledge and its technical application towards society requires the talent, perspectives and insight that can only be assured by increasing diversity in the research workforce. Therefore, a balanced representation of women and men at all levels in research projects is encouraged. When human beings are involved as users, gender differences may exist. These will be addressed as an integral part of the research to ensure the highest level of scientific quality" (EC, 2007:6).
This statement opens the FP7 Cooperation Work Programme. It shows the European Commission¿s commitment to enhance scientific excellence by mainstreaming gender equality, giving continuity to the gender mainstreaming goals already established for FP6: to promote the participation of women scientists in Framework Programme activities (40% target) and to ensure that the gender dimension is addressed in European research wherever relevant.
In establishing these two goals, FP6 made an important step towards gender equality in science. However, mainstreaming them in day-to-day research requires awareness, training and a variety of specific measures, including regular monitoring of results. In this line, a series of studies were launched at the end of 2004 to monitor progress towards gender equality in a set of FP6 specific thematic areas. Their objective was to examine the participation of women and the integration of the gender dimension in research content, with a view to both evaluating the success of current gender mainstreaming strategies and making recommendations for future action.

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