Towards gender equity in Indian astronomy

Aru Beri, Prajval Shastri, Ravinder Banyal, Debarati Chatterjee, Ritaban Chatterjee, Harvinder Jassal, Nissim Kanekar, Preeti Kharb, Kuntal Misra

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The Working Group for Gender Equity (WGGE) was formally constituted under the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) in 2015 to increase awareness about gender-related issues in the astrophysics community. The current WGGE comprises eight astrophysicists from different institutes and universities across India. The WGGE organizes the Anna Mani memorial lectures on gender sensitization, which include practitioners from other disciplines in the discourse. These lectures have included eminent speakers who are science historians, philosophers of science, science journalists, social scientists and natural scientists. The WGGE carries out gender audits of Indian research institutes and conducts regular surveys of ASI members and participants via questionnaires. Gender sensitization sessions by the WGGE, including open discussion and feedback from the ASI participants and the availability of subsidized childcare, are now integral to the annual ASI meetings. 33% of the invited speakers and session chairs at these meetings are now women.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023
Event7th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, IUPAP 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 11 Jul 202116 Jul 2021


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