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OWSD National Chapter established in Brazil

May 18, 2020

In April 2020, a new National Chapter of OWSD was established in Brazil

. The Brazil Chapter is the 31st OWSD National Chapter, and the seventh in the Latin America and Caribbean region, a region where OWSD activities have grown rapidly in 2019-2020. 

The first Executive Committee of the National Chapter is formed by:

Chair: Danila Carrijo da Silva Dias, Brazilian Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN)
Vice-Chair: Eliane Volchan, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Secretary: Sumbal Saba, Federal University of ABC
Treasurer: Fátima Erthal, UFRJ
Other Executive Committee members: Denise Alves Fungaro, Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN); Elizabete Campos de Lima, Federal University of ABC
"Brazil still deals with the realities of gender inequity, gender violence and female under-representation in scientific, political and social scenarios," said National Chapter Chair Danila Carrijo da Silva Dias. "We envision a new reality where women play active roles in policymaking, which in consequence will strengthen their presence in the sciences and in the fight for a better, more just and prosperous country. We believe we can help achieve it by bringing together all Brazilian women in science and technology." 
Among the National Chapter's planned activities are establishing a database that can be used for projects and initiatives to involve women in science, disseminating scientific information and raising awareness about scientific issues among the public, promoting initiatives and projects to spur girls' interest in scientific careers, and organizing scientific and social events to raise public awareness about the importance of gender balance.
Women scientists in Brazil who are not already members of OWSD can become members here. Members who are interested in joining the National Chapter are invited to contact owsd.brasil [at] 

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