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Among the fabulous films of the 16th edition of the Pariscience festival , the "Picture a Scientist" is a movie, directed by: Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, shows that "sexual harassment and gender inequalities does not spare the world of science. This edifying investigation opens the doors of laboratories and gives the floor to several scientists, who break the silence by confiding in their professional career, plagued by harassment and discrimination. This LINK is also related to this film and the subject it deals with.


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Professional equality between women and men at the CNRS

At the national level, the Mission for the Place of Women at the CNRS acts as an observatory responsible for promoting, advising and evaluating the inclusion of gender in the institution's overall policy.

The Mission pour la place des femmes au CNRS (MPDF), created in 2001, reports directly to the CNRS President. It runs a network of some twenty correspondents and correspondents in the regions and interacts with the CNRS parity/equality committee. Reporting to the President, the Mission for the Place of Women at the CNRS is responsible for ensuring that gender issues are taken into account in the institution's overall policy in order to make professional equality effective at the CNRS.

Its action is based on four main axes and 14 priority objectives (further information):

  • acting for professional equality within the CNRS
  • The aim is to advance equality, in particular by working towards gender balance in research professions, ensuring equal access to recruitment and promotion, increasing the number of women in positions of responsibility, making women more visible at scientific events, preventing and combating sexist and sexual violence, and promoting a balance between professional and personal life.
  • promote the transversality of the "gender" approach in research
  • Sex and gender are still insufficiently taken into account in research, both with regard to voice recognition by digital applications, wage inequalities, and diseases involving animal and human tests. Integrating this dimension nevertheless allows for major improvements in biology, artificial intelligence, economics and neuroscience: software that works better, reduction of unanticipated side effects of drugs, etc.
  • promoting scientific and technical careers among young people, especially girls
  • The MPDF strives to support and create spaces for doctoral and post-doctoral women to be visible and to speak out, as their experiences are affected by specific problems: a feeling of illegitimacy, difficulties in appropriating and integrating a scientific profession whose dominant representations are implicitly masculine, increased exposure to sexist and sexual violence. It therefore supports mentoring actions, organises and participates in dedicated events (colloquia, round tables) and promotes these issues during awareness-raising actions.
  • Developing European and international partnerships
  • As professional equality policies are strongly supported not only at the CNRS but also at the national level, the MPDF interacts with counterpart structures within the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, universities (CPED) and other bodies. It also has links with other institutional partners and women's professional networks.  It supports the associations Women & Science and Women & Mathematics, as well as the Gender Institute.

It coordinates the European project GENDER-NET Plus, which funds transnational research projects with an innovative gender dimension and participates in GE-Academy, which aims to create a European network of training courses on equality in higher education and research, as well as in GENDER-STI, which works for a better consideration of gender equality in international scientific cooperation. It also supports the EPWS (European Platform of Women Scientists).
Acting for professional equality at the CNRS
The MPDF is in charge of the action plan for professional equality between women and men at the CNRS, as well as the equality aspect of the HRS4R label (European human resources strategy for researchers). The aim is to advance equality, in particular by working towards gender balance in research professions, ensuring equal access to recruitment and promotion, increasing the number of women in positions of responsibility, making women more visible at scientific events, preventing and combating sexist and sexual violence, and promoting a balance between professional and personal life.
At the regional level, Stéphanie Barbez et Maxime Flamant are the two Gender Equality Correspondents of the Hauts-de-France delegation.


Equality Correspondent of the Unit (coregal): Frank Lafont