Following the favorable opinion given by the scientific council of the National Engineering School of Sousse-ENISo on 17th October 2018 for the creation of a Gender Equality Center (GEC) within ENISo in Tunisia, on Friday 7th December 2018 was organized a day for the inauguration of this center. This structure is the first GEC to be opened under the TARGET H2020 project.
The presentation was attended by several officials: the vice president of the University of Sousse, the directors of the National Engineering Schools of Sousse and Sfax and the Higher School of Engineers of Mjez El Bab, representatives of the ENIT and ENIM, the general secretary of ENISo, as well as several representatives of research structures, research professors, administrative staff, students, both from ENISo and other institutions of the University of Sousse (ISSATS, ESSTHS, ISIT’com). Also a representative of the Tunisian women’s ministry participated in the day.
In addition to the presentations of the TARGET project and the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs et de Management (RMEI) by Prof. Anastasia Zabaniotou and Prof. Olivier Boiron respectively, the other 5 presentations focused on:
− Association Tunisienne des Femmes Ingénieurs-ATFI
− Project Promotion du rôle de la femme dans les secteurs de l’énergie en Tunisie
− IEEE Tunisia Women In Engineering (WIE) affinity group
− CWEEL: The Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership
− IEEE Tunisia Women In Engineering (WIE), Student Branch ENISo
The various presentations unveiled statistics clearly showing the inequality that still exists between women and men in certain fields/specialties and that there is reason to think about solutions to remedy this situation. The speakers reported on actions/activities that have been carried out, others that are ongoing/planned in the future, in order to make as many people as possible aware of the importance and the impact of gender issues chances hoping to ensure the equity man/woman for better growth especially in academia.
Further discussions showed the great interest of all present (men/women) in the problems related to gender equal opportunities and their commitment to fight together against all forms of discrimination.