According to the World Nuclear Association data, the participation of women is less than a quarter of the total nuclear workforce. In various studies, it was found that women’s perception towards nuclear is more negative than men1. These are due to the perceived risk of radiation on pregnancy, and the well-being of children and family2.
With an aim to increase the participation of women in the nuclear sector, spread awareness about a safe career in nuclear industries and overcome the hesitancy of women about the nuclear field, IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has taken a step by introducing the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship program in 2020. Recently IAEA has selected 110 women from the world around for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship program. This would help them with lucrative scholarships and in-hand experience to work with world-class facilities.
Women face lots of social barriers to enter and progress in their careers, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic. About 70 percent of women are from more deprived developing countries. The fellowship provides tuition fees and living costs for the master’s program along with the internships and placements for young women awardees.
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