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EGI-InsPIRE launches Gender Action Plan

Erika Swiderski introduces the plan

Gender equality has become an important point of discussion in the European Community, especially in technology and science where women are under-represented. EGI-InSPIRE, as the second biggest ICT project funded by the EU, is committed to promoting gender balance in the distributed computing community through a Gender Action Plan (GAP).

The GAP team will use EGI’s communication channels as a platform to achieve its aims. As a first step, the team created a GAP-dedicated area on the website to share information with the community and provide an archive of gender policy resources.

EGI-InSPIRE also aims to use social media channels, newsletters, press releases and EGI events to publicise stories about, for or by women in the grid community. An important part of the plan is to work closely with the e-ScienceTalk project to promote the GAP agenda through the GridCafé, International Science Grid This Week, the GridGuide and the GridCast blog.

The GAP team is also planning to liaise with members of grid user com-munities and equality networks to raise awareness and collate data on gender participation in EGI-InSPIRE.The upcoming EGI User Forum in Lithuania (11-15 April 2011) will provide the backdrop for the first public GAP event, where partners will be invited to discuss and share experience about gender issues.

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