Combating the Gender Gap in STEM
There is a well-known gender gap in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector, with women occupying only a fraction of the workforce and student population in these fields.
OpenGeoHub recognizes the value of diversity in our community, not just morally, but in terms of pure innovation.
As such, we are committed to promoting gender equality through targeted policies aimed at improving inclusivity and safety in the workplace, for women, but also for people of all gender identities, racial and ethnic backgrounds and those with physical or cognitive disabilities and divergences.
OpenGeoHub’s comprehensive Gender Equality Plan (GEP) includes measures far beyond hiring practices to create a culture where all employees and the broader community feel safe and welcome, such as promoting flexibility and work-life balance,
supporting women in decision-making and public facing roles, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) sensitivity trainings, consideration of the gender impacts of our research and project outcomes, and prioritizing broad accessibility of our outputs through free and open source publication. To achieve these goals, our GEP focuses on three main areas, each of which have dedicated resources to support, track, and build awareness around specific targets and initiatives: Internal Working Culture; Events, Education & Communications; and Research.