An international workshop at the University of Brescia will analyse the Systemic Action for Gender Equality promoted by the SAGE EU co funded proposal.

Under the coordination of the WISER Centre, at Trinity College, Dublin, the SAGE (Systemic Action for Gender Equality) project introduces and develops gender-sensitive organisational cultures and practices in seven EU based universities. The main result, after 36 months, will be a sustainable and systemic structural change in how these institutions function.

SAGE answers the Horizon 2020 invitation to submit proposals with a strong commitment to gender equality in higher education and research. Equality between women and men has yet to be fully realised, and the European Commission recognises the structural barriers that impede women’s progress, namely: unequal pay, absence of work/life balance, the persistence of harassment and discrimination, and lack of women in decision making.

Through the design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs), at the end of SAGE the consortium will have devised, refined and tested a replicable model for gender equality in European Union higher education and research performing institutions.

The SAGE GEP toolkit, coupled with specially-designed measurement tools the SAGE Wheel Model for Gender Equality Plans, and a SAGE Charter of Principles for Gender Equality, will be available for adoption and use by universities and research organisations across Europe to advance gender balance in European research.

A robust and well-tried self-assessment component will be used to monitor progress of SAGE actions and GEP implementation.

SAGE partners are: Centre for Women in Science & Engineering Research (WiSER), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, acting as coordinator; Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy ; Kadir Has University, Turkey; Instituto Universitário De Lisboa, Portugal; Sciences Po Bordeaux, France; International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Queen’s University Belfast, UK, acting as evaluator.

International Workshop

Locandina: SAGE_International_Workshop_UNIBS

Systemic Action for Gender Equality (SAGE)

31 March 2017

9.00 Registration

Welcome speeches

Rector of the University of Brescia Prof. Maurizio Tira

Head of the Department of Law Prof. Saverio Regasto

Representative of CUG – Comitato Unico di Garanzia


Prof. Susanna Pozzolo (SAGE Unibs)

9.30 am

Chairperson: Prof. Giovanna Finzi

3:00 pm

Chairperson: Dr. Giacomo Viggiani

Dr. Anna Lorenzetti

(University of Bergamo)

The Implicit Role of Gender Rules

Dr. Rossella Bozzon

(University of Trento)

Combating Career Instability and Gender Asymmetries in Academia. An Analysis of the GARCIA self-tailored Action Plan(s)

Prof. Marzia Barbera

(University of Brescia)

Competing Paradigms of Antidiscrimination Protection

Prof. Eileen Drew

(Trinity College Dublin)

Turning GAPs into GEPs (Gender Equality Plans). Experience from Trinity College Dublin

Prof. Maria Lorenza Muiesan

(University of Brescia)

Gender Issues in Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension

Prof. Yvonne Galligan

(Queen’s University Belfast)

Gender Equality

Future-proofing Higher Education

Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi

(University of Bologna)


Gender Audit and Gender Equality Plan

Dr. Rita Bencivenga

(LEGS – Laboratoire d’études sur le genre et la sexualité CNRS – Paris 8 – Paris OUEST)

Concluding Remarks

1024 – Bulletin de la société informatique de France

Hors-série numéro 2 – février 2017

Femmes & Informatique

Le point de départ de ce numéro hors-série est le congrès 2015 organisé par Jérôme Durand-Lose à Orléans, les 4 et 5 février, en l’hôtel Dupanloup.
Nous avons pu réaliser un état des lieux dans l’enseignement supérieur et dans la recherche de la représentation des femmes en informatique, de l’attractivité et des carrières des femmes dans l’industrie, et de la question historique que pose cette représentation et son évolution à la baisse.
L’informatique est plus que jamais un monde d’opportunités à explorer, entre inné et acquis, stéréotypes et métiers en devenir. De clics en déclics, la SIF a depuis accueilli un groupe « Femmes & Informatique », parrainé par l’association Femmes & Sciences, qui investit les dimensions industrielles, académiques et pédagogiques : faire venir les filles, écolières, collégiennes, lycéennes, à l’informatique, car (re)constituer un vivier est devenu incontournable.

Un constat global : mise en perspective historique et sociologique




Men and women: the same approach towards computers?

Rita Bencivenga’s work is focused on how gender might affect someone’s « relationship» with his or her computer. Her study, based on one-to-one interviews, clearly states that there are no differences between men and women when it comes to performance. No cognitive or neurobiological studies demonstrated any intrinsic weakness in women:

Research helped point out that men and women tend to use different cognitive strategies when using a computer, but it has never been proven that one gender is superior to the other in this task.

Rita also notes that the preconceptions women are generally subjected to in the professional field – and in science as we often deplore on DiscovHER – also apply in technology. Which could partly explain why there are so few women in this field. The stereotypes impacting the digital world, far from being based on facts and tangible data, reflect a vision of technology and its usage which is influenced by a socially-accepted power imbalance.

Moreover female computing engineers suffer from a lack of women success stories, and when facing sexist or discriminating attacks, most of them choose to shift the focus away from their femininity instead of owning it.

Still to this day, for no rational, justified reason, companies usually prefer to hire men for high-level computing positions, as Rita states.

If you too feel it’s about time the situation for geeketes moved toward equality with geeks, share your thoughts on Twitter with @4womeninscience!


The ‘digital curious’: first steps towards a new typology for mapping adults’ relationships with others when using ICT

Rita Bencivenga
Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité, France (

The study described in this article used grounded theory methodology to investigate adults’ accounts of their relationships with others when using information and communication technologies (ICT). Ten women and ten men were interviewed. All were Italians born between 1952-1961. It was found that the participants shared a common eagerness to learn and use ICT, which led us to coin the term ‘digital curious’. They recognised the growing importance of using ICT and realised that they were competent enough to support others in ICT learning or use. Their awareness of their competence and role was linked to their approach to interactions with older and younger people, not all of them easy. The study findings illustrate how the participants’ relationships with older and younger people when using ICT are seen as relevant and offer meaningful experiences. The theoretical and practical implications of the results are also discussed.
Keywords: adults; digital natives; analog natives; ICT; usage

European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, Pre-published, 2017, pp. 1-22
ISSN 2000-7426
© 2017 The author
DOI 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9117