Once again, we must commemorate the date chosen by the United Nations to remember that, well into the XNUMXst century, the situation of discrimination against half of humanity is still, unfortunately, a dark reality.
The working and professional lives of millions of women around the world are fully conditioned by their female status: wage gap, part-time work, glassy ceiling and sticky floor, difficulties in reconciling the decision to be a mother with expectations of progress in the professional option, etc.
Universities are no exception: horizontal and vertical segregation remain an unquestionable fact. It is true that equality plans are a useful tool to be able to change these inertias, but the task is not easy and requires decisive action on the part of everyone.
Awareness of the entire university community is critical; without personal and collective involvement we will not be able to change a reality that violates human rights and wastes intelligence and talent.
All this, as far as our so-called first world is concerned, because in many parts of the world the fact of being born gives away any possibility of access to a basic education. We are not talking about higher education.
We hope that on March 8 many people will feel committed and take to the streets but, more importantly, we hope that throughout the rest of the year we will work proactively to help build a more just and egalitarian society.
Institute for Educational Research and Innovation
University of the Balearic Islands
March 8 2020