Until 2019, only 20% of those who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lomas de Zamora were women, which reflects being a traditionally masculinized space. In order to reduce this gender gap, Provincia ART joined the house of higher studies to seal an alliance that allows for quantitative diagnoses and analyzes from the gender variable, a vocational program, a scholarship system, training and meetings, mentoring dynamics, and professionalizing practices in the insurance company.
Among the themes of the H&S linked to gender, it is worth mentioning: the comments on the physical aspect when going to the field (the work, the factory, the site); the prejudice that women do not have the same technical expertise as men; the difficulty of being recognized and valued when training male workers (especially in construction sites, heavy industry, oil and mining); inadequate facilities to house women (for example, in oil camps or mines); and the preconception that women “have no character” and that is why it is difficult for them to convince men that it is necessary to make changes to the production process for preventive reasons.
“We work to change the reality around this problem with policies focused on development, inclusion and a gender perspective, the same ones carried out by the Government of the province of Buenos Aires”, said Mariela Ricciuti, vice president of ART No. 1 in capitas at the country level.
For his part, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lomas de Zamora, Oscar Pascual, Indian: “In Engineering and technical careers there are stereotypes that are designed so that women do not even want to come. That is wrong and must be resolved. I celebrate the initiative of this agreement because it helps to comply with one of the premises that are raised from CONFEDI (Federal Council of Deans of Engineering) and in the last CLADI (Latin American Congress of Engineering): Engineering and technical careers are better with the participation of women. So we have to ask ourselves why they are not there, and it is our duty to help that more women study and graduate in these fields ”.
This agreement seeks to stimulate and accompany the professional development of women in the field of Hygiene Safety -both of ART Province workers and those who carry out tasks in our clients’ establishments-, to generate greater and better opportunities, through of the intervention of the professional life of the hygienist woman in 3 stages: pre-university, university and post-university. The proposal aims to intervene in each of these key moments in order to encourage the study of the career, help to complete it and promote the labor development of women in this area.
The signing of the framework agreement took place in the offices of the insurance company and had the participation of Oscar Pascual and Julia Balestrini, director of Technology and Prevention of Provincia ART.