At their e-Annual General Meeting in June 2020, Gobal Young Academy (GYA) members decided on three focus areas as priority topics for the GYA to work on. Addressing systemic discrimination is one of these areas, and starts from the commitment that the GYA should work against all systemic bias that results in discrimination (be it due to race, caste, gender, sexuality, culture, age, etc.), and should look into best practices to combat systemic bias.
As such Knowledge Integration researcher Vanessa Schweizer and partner Shalini Arya (Institute of Chemical Technology, India) led the creation of GYA's Anti-discrimination Statement.
According to Vanessa, “We are in the midst of a racial reckoning that is centuries overdue. Thanks to the tireless work of generations before us who advanced the concept and cause of human rights, we have an historic responsibility to continue such work. All corners of society, including science and academia, should reflect on their relationship to racial supremacy and other forms of supremacist thinking that diminish a person’s humanity and their value. I look forward to working with GYA members and partners on promoting practices and modes of thinking that ensure science can truly be ‘science from all, for all’”.
The Global Young Academy gives a voice to young scientists around the world. To realise our vision, we develop, connect, and mobilise young talent from six continents. Moreover, we empower young researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive.