On January 14, on the Microsoft Teams platform, the National event of the Horizon 2020 LeTSGEPs project- Leading Towards Sustainable Gender Equality Plans in research performing organizations- entitled “La cultura di genere nella programmazione e nella rendicontazione delle Università”, took place. 

The objective of this first National workshop of the LeTSGEPs Project was to present the aims, activities, and perspectives of this project at National level. Therefore, it addressed the entire national scientific community, researchers, doctorate students and students, as well as the administrative staff both at a high level and general administrative employees. The University of Messina is the only implementing partner representing Italy in the project with the aim to introduce Gender Equality Plans and Budgets. The event was managed by Prof. Luisa Pulejo, coordinator of the UNIME LeTSGEPs team, she introduced all the guests to the event and moderated the discussion.

The event begins with the institutional greetings of the Magnificent Rector Salvatore Cuzzocrea, who expressed all his enthusiasm for the participation of the Messina university as a partner of the project. 

Moreover, the event was also introduced by Prof. Giovanna Spatari -UNIME Vice Rector for Welfare and Gender Policies – who presented all the initiatives that UNIME has carried out to date to try to bridge the gender gaps that concern both women’s advancement in the academic career and those related to violence against women. After this speech, Dr. Francesca Bagni Cipriani, National Councilor for Equality, took the floor, who in addition to explaining the role of equality counselors, introduces the issue of direct and indirect gender discrimination, as the adoption of criteria that concern non-essential requirements for carrying out the work activity and this disadvantage women workers.

The event continued with a presentation by Prof. Sabina Nuti – Director of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa – entitled “Enhancement of merit and career paths, challenges and opportunities”.  She underlined all the initiatives that from 2017 until today she has carried out on the subject of maternity / paternity leave, salary and career advancement, bringing excellent results “home”.

Prof. Tindara Addabbo – of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Scientific Coordinator of the LeTSGEPs project – also took part, presenting LeTSGEPs project and launching many networking initiatives that she would like to undertake in the future both with the institutions but above all involving the students.

Finally, Prof. Carlo Vermiglio, member of the UNIME LeTSGEPS group, takes the floor, presenting the first results of the project, the best practices emerging from the analysis of the “State of Art” deliverable and highlighting the gender gaps resulting from the analysis of academic careers in the RPOs.

The event was a greatsuccess with over 100 attendees!