Women In Technology - Friday Links - 19th March 2021

The recent murder of a British woman has sparked a debate about the safety of women and girls and precautions they take when they go out alone. Whilst such crimes are rare, studies have shown that across the globe street harassment is a significant and prevalent problem for women and girls, leaving them to feel less safe on the streets.

Stop Street Harassment (SSH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting and ending gender-based street harassment worldwide. The statistics are shocking: https://stopstreetharassment.org/resources/statistics/statistics-academic-studies/

For example:
In a report for the High Council on Equality between Men and Women (HCEfh) it was found that “On
French public transit, '100 per cent' of women have been sexually harassed”.

In Poland: Hollaback! Poland conducted an informal online survey of 818 people (mostly women) in 2012. They found that 85% of female respondents had experienced street harassment in public spaces in Poland, as had 44% of men. Read the full results. https://www.ihollaback.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Harassment-in-public-spaces-in-Poland_Roszak-and-Gober1.pdf 

In the UK, among women aged 18-24, 97% said they had been sexually harassed, while 80% of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.

Why does it happen and what can we do to stop it?

BBC Sounds Women’s’ Hour explores why some men attack women and what can be done to stop it (from 11’37): https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000t6kt


Catcalling: Why men do it and what women should do about it:

“Our public spaces do not sufficiently prioritise the wellbeing and safety of women.” Build a feminist city and make women’s wellbeing and safety a priority:

‘The time for men to step up is right now!’: what all men can do to help end violence against women:

By breaking the silence about patriarchy, men can help end violence against women:

On a brighter note:


For the ears:

Is science fiction too white? Kim Chakanetsa meets two women who are diversifying the genre.  Afrofuturism: Black women changing the sci-fi scene:


The recipe for writing a feminist anthem: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3cszj3r


A watershed moment in the Oscars?

Oscars: Female Directors Break Record for Most Nominations in One Year : https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-female-directors-break-record-for-most-nominations-in-one-year

A strong contender for best director: Nomadland: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. This is the the third feature film from director Chloé Zhao: https://youtu.be/6sxCFZ8_d84


It’s not too late to take part in the WIT Mentoring 2021 exercise!


The applications for mentees are now opened to apply for the WIT Mentoring 2021 exercise.


Interested people need to login with your CERN account and submit your application form via: https://cda-surveys.web.cern.ch/form/mentoring-application-2021


The deadline to apply is 31st March 2021.


For more information about WIT Mentoring, please, check:

https://wit-hub.web.cern.ch/mentoring/ https://home.cern/news/announcement/cern/information-session-women-technology-mentoring-programme Informative Meeting Slides: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1003951/


WIT went live on Instagram this evening, focussing on Recruitment at CERN, a Q&A with Priscilla Marinho Valavicius and our very own Erica Brondolin: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CMm5yNKj_d3/?igshid=1kdl5c34krhzo

Finally don’t hesitate to add your voice to the discussion 25 for 25, increasing gender diversity at CERN via the WIT Mattermost channel: https://mattermost.web.cern.ch/it-dep/channels/wit

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