Promoting gender equality in research institutions and integration of the gender dimension in research content

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d) National and regional level initiatives outside Europe

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The need for organisational and cultural change within research bodies, and particularly within universities, and the integration of a gender perspective in research and innovation, has also been recognised outside Europe, most notably in North America, where it has been a central point of recent US and Canadian initiatives.

Programmes such as the pioneer ADVANCE programme (“Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers”) developed since 2001 by the US National Science Foundation, have successfully encouraged major universities into changing their institutional policies, procedures and practices for recruitment, retention, tenure and promotion, improving working conditions, social and gender climates and dynamics and the situation of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

The US National Academies, including the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), have also established a standing Committee for Women in Science, Engineering and Medecine, and NAS is a partner in the GENDER-NET project.

In Canada, several national research funding agencies have also been developing innovative programmes supporting gender equality in research and higher education institutions as well as the integration of the gender dimension in research contents. Most notably, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the federal health research investment agency, has dedicated significant efforts recently to foster the inclusion the sex and gender dimension into health research and is also a partner in GENDER-NET.