SANDRA VILLACORTA SUPPORTING WOMEN IN GEOSCIENCE
We are so proud of WOMEESA Member, Sandra Villacorta, for her leadership in supporting women in geoscience and inspiring the next generation of geoscientists here in Australia and within Latin America. Sandra has participated and organised a number of events to highlight current challenges and solutions to women’s participation in geoscience and WOMEESA are proud to support the event Sandra is organising at MinerLima in November ‘Peruvian Women in Geosciences’. We spoke to Sandra to learn more and here’s what she had to say:
“After participating in the session “Share your story” at AESC2021, I felt identified with the professionals who shared their challenges and experiences as women, mothers and geoscientists. That is why I proposed to replicate it, first through the Latin American Chapter of IGEO, where I organized the webinar: “Female educators in Geosciences in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities” and then, in Peru, due to the invitation of the organizing committee of MinerLima (the geoscience exhibition organized every year in Lima).
I think it is really important to create greater opportunities for encouraging professionals to participate in the global movement that will make gender equality and diversity policies more explicit at all levels. It will make it possible to take the next step towards that goal, especially in Latin America, where the problem is more accentuated by the patriarchal and macho society that still prevails.
The event, like its predecessors, aims to share the challenges and experiences of geologists, mining engineers and other Peruvian professionals, to inspire the next generations of women who are studying or want to venture into geosciences careers in Peru.”
Great work Sandra! You can register for the event here.