Bilbao, 18-19-20 July 2018 – Project partners Marcela Jabbaz, Capitolina Diaz and Anna Giulia Ingellis took part in the XII IberoAmerican Congress of Science, Technology and Gender in Bilbao from the 18th to the 20th of July 2018 where they led the workshop “Anti-stereotypes of gender games: Towards a less biased vision of the professional future”. The workshop was a great opportunity for further presenting the results coming from the sociological research.

The XII Ibero-American Congress on Science, Technology and Gender was celebrated in the Basque Region, in Bilbao, a city that is representative of renewal, change and future. It aims at collecting people who are committed to the analysis of science and technology from the feminist perspective.

Indeed, gender stereotypes persist in young people and educational staff and do influence professional trajectories and self-perception. In an increasingly technological world, it is crucial to train youngsters in taking advantage of knowledge in STEM and ICT. These areas are usually male-dominated due to patriarchy and historical traditions. This situation discourages women to consider new spaces of professional development. Game-based experiences may favour the inclination of girls towards techno-scientific professions, traditionally male dominated

The question the research aims to answer is the following: ‘What is the content of biased narratives among young people?’ Therefore, it targets young people (16-29 years old) with little to no work experience. Evidence emerged indicating that many young people hold biased conceptions especially with regards to personal characteristics and physical qualities. Specific characteristics continue to be attributed to women and men in various dimensions:

  • Biological
  • Mental
  • Attitudinal
  • Aesthetics

In this context, the FtC game board will play with personal characteristics so that men and women depend on their nature of human beings rather than their social identification. It will allow in a fictional world to rationalize the assumption of non-biased professional roles.