How the Slovak Academy of Sciences became involved in gender ideology (+ podcast)
The Slovak Academy has developed a handbook on gender equality. From the European Research Fund.
The European Commission has proposed to include nuclear and gas among the so-called green energy sources. We are also satisfied with the French, strong opposition comes from Germany, which was rather grateful.
Hungary will have a president. The Minister for the Family, Katalin Novaková, was nominated by Viktor Orbán before Christmas and was also authorized by the parliament in which Fidesz has a constitutional chief.
In the text of the week, Martin Weiss of Echo24 describes who is the real fifth column of the Chinese regime in the European Union. In a week from Prager University, watch a video summary of why socialism and communism never work.
You can also listen to the conservative choice:
How SAS is involved with gender
The Slovak Academy of Sciences has little gender equality in its structures and wants to change that. Few women are in charge of the academy, a woman has never been president, and a disparity between men and women also prevails in research teams. The SAS did not achieve this need on its own, but because it received money from the European Research Fund for gender equality. So when the money came into the account and was not spent on anything useful, the following work was created – Gender Equality Plan of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
Funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program has been provided for this project.
According to the so-called gender audit, the significantly higher representation of women out of the total number of staff of the academy is not reflected in the proportional representation at all levels:
“While non-scientific positions (other staff, specialists with full secondary education and professionals with a university degree) are dominated by women (up to 71%), in the case of professional staff (research and development staff) this predominance decreases to 57% and in the case of scientific staff (scientists) women make up 44%, “write the authors Gabriel Bianchi, Miroslava Žilinská and Barbora Holubová from the Institute of Social Communication Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.
And they continue the topic of unequal representation in management positions: “We see gender unequal representation in the most striking SAS in the field of management. There has never been a woman at the head of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. There is only a 20% share of women in the current SAS Presidium. 18.2% of women (including external members and members) are on the Scientific Council of the SAS. 19 women out of 47 positions (40.4%) hold the position of director of the institute / center, and 20 women (34.5%) out of the total number of 58 positions hold the position of deputy director / director. “
According to the document, the uneven distribution of men and women according to the area of focus is also a problem. Men dominate in the technical and natural sciences, both the humanities and the social sciences. On the contrary, women dominate in the medical and agricultural sciences.
A survey of publishing activities showed that women have more primary authors than men.
The proposal for a solution with almost each of the defined goals is also the so-called gender sensitivity, ie ideologically correct training of staff, but also, for example, the integration of the gender perspective into research. You may also find useful things there, such as a proposal to establish a kindergarten on the premises of the SAS or to support young talents. Aj z appreciation for several years, the category of young scientists and researchers has been dominated by women.
IN survey Among the Slovak scientists, which was made by the Veda within reach website (operated by the Center for Scientific and Technical Information), they also spoke highly on the topic of gender relations. Some see them as a problem, but we have pointed out that scientific results are more important.
This survey also shows that in Slovakia we have enough skilled women who can be achieved in the field of science, even in areas that are allegedly the domain of men. Finally, in the Attitude, we published an interview this week with Daniela Ostatníková, head of the Institute of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, about what men and women decided on (we also recommend the SAS management).
The relationship in management positions does not have much in common. There are many scientists – even men – who are not interested in any position and devote only to their research. At the same time, there are those who have a natural managerial talent and get into office naturally. And then there is the third group, which compensates for its often poor scientific results with functional challenges. However, it is not possible to generalize here either, nor in sports do the best players automatically become the best coaches.
At the same time, science is, like some other faculty, a fiercely competitive environment in which love and understanding do not rule, but a struggle for primacy and often for every grant cent. But at the same time, it is also an environment that requires cooperation. Today, discoveries and innovations do not arise in the dark laboratories of lone strangers, they are the result of the work of often large scientific teams.
The artificial creation of positions just to be divided equally according to the patterns dictated above does not contribute to cooperation. If the intention is to increase the recognition of women in science, the opposite will be true if it affects you only because of your gender.
When the mathematician Martina Lubyová became the Minister of Education, which is higher than the main position in the SAS, what is the benefit for Slovak science? Rather, there was an internal struggle following her proposal to reorganize the academy. It really has nothing to do with gender.
The European Commission is proposing that nuclear and gas become sustainable and green energy sources, respectively. She reported it through the so-called unique material at the turn of the year. The proposal has yet to be voted on by the Member States and the European Parliament. In practice, this inclusion would mean that investments in nuclear and gas resources were not burdened with higher interest rates, as they were, so to speak, net resources.
On the one hand, this is expected to disagree in Germany and Austria, to which Spain has joined – a group of countries that use nuclear energy a priori.
On the other hand, this outrage is largely just a theater to, say, preserve the face. Gas is also supposed to get into the green taxonomy, and this is what Germany cares about, as it has invested little and no diplomatic effort in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. transit fees for transport through other countries have increased. And since the Germans are shutting down both nuclear and coal, gas is needed, among other things.
However, the action to include nuclear threatens Austrians, who consider such an assessment to be a violation of European law.
At first glance, it seems that in this case, a group led by France, which also includes Slovakia (and, for example, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden), triumphed in the EU. But even the supporters of the core should not be clear yet. The core will only be green if the country ensures that spent fuel is stored in deep repositories – and so far only Finland is going to build it. Another limitation in the proposal is that each new facility must obtain a construction permit by 2045 at the earliest.
However, this is more than two decades away and it can be assumed that there will be not only a technological shift in the use of the nuclear, but also a political shift. And today’s decision will be irrelevant to politicians for 40 years.
Hungary will have a president
It can be said with almost certainty that the new head of state of our southern neighbors will be Katalin Novaková, the current Minister for Family Affairs in the government of Viktor Orbán. The president is elected by the parliament in Hungary and elects the next one in the current composition, where Orbánov Fidesz has a constitutional one.
Therefore, if we exclude the unpredictable intervention of force majeure, Katalin Novaková will be nominated by Orbán as president.
Katalin Novaková is the embodiment of Fidesz’s family policy. A mother of three, she studied law and international relations, studied in the USA and France, speaks four world languages, and is the main organizer of the annual Budapest Demographic Summit. Last year, she spoke about the pillars of Hungarian family policy, in which the local government had invested massive money over the past decade, and in Bratislava, Minister Krajniak praised Novak’s approach as an inspiration for Slovakia.
Career it began at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where it was noticed by Viktor Orbán, who gradually moved higher and higher in party and government positions. She was also in charge of French-speaking affairs at the Foreign Ministry, and today she is also Hungary’s chief emissary in better relations with France.
On the other hand, she is also a kind of Hungarian conservative feminist, who doesn’t let the old Fideszák guard just run her nose, who sometimes misses some miserable statement.
At the same time, she is also a politician loyal to Orbán. Her election as president is thus also a tactical matter for the head of Fidesz. Should they win the first parliamentary elections, they rely on smooth cooperation with the future president. If we wanted a combined position, Katalin Novaková will be able to complicate life enough from the position of head of the new government.
Text of the Week: Who is China’s extended arm in Europe?
Relations with Taiwan, whether economic or diplomatic, are important because it is a technological power not only in the field of all-purpose chips. But if anyone dares to develop these relations too much, China will tap their fingers once or twice. And in Europe to use the unexpected ally – the German industry. The Czech commentator Echo24 writes Martin Weiss.
Diplomatic relations with Taiwan are already officially under pressure from China, but several countries in Beijing have “tolerated” the so-called Taipei’s economic and cultural offices, basically business embassies.
The latest example of how China can be found to be cooperating with Taiwan is Lithuania. It did not set up a Taipei office on its territory, but a Taiwanese representative office. That is, something that represents not just a city in a Chinese province, but an island that it considers an independent state, which mainland China, of course, does not recognize.
Beijing’s response was swift. Lithuanian diplomats have lost their accreditation, which in practice amounts to deportation, and Lithuanian companies have suddenly not been able to report to the Chinese import process. The European Commission, requested by Lithuania, tried in vain to help the Chinese authorities. Representatives of Beijing did not find time to negotiate at all.
However, China, which does not separate trade from politics, communicates clearly and actively with German industry. And the message was clear – German companies using Lithuanian subcontractors can also start exporting problems. The German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce immediately warned the Lithuanian government that if Lithuanian-Chinese relations were not resolved, German factories would withdraw from Lithuania.
“Do you see the wind? China has chosen one small application as a test case, how economic pressure can be used in the European Union to achieve economic goals. And she found out she had an ally in the Union. The country is not generally considered to be unofficially purchased and paid for by Chinese missions such as Greece or Hungary. But German industry, “adds Martin Weiss.
Video of the Week: Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
Those who are now hopingly looking at how the world order could change by introducing the so-called democratic socialism, they often flaunt the old excuse that the cases in which this ideology failed were people who had sufficiently understood and implemented poorly.
However, those who consider socialism or communism to be just systems ignore the basic facts: millions of human victims and masses of poor and impoverished people.
In the series of Prager University videos, you can also watch and hear the stories of Venezuela and other countries that can cause socialism and communism have fallen into totalitarianism in a condensed form. But, for example, an assessment of why the Scandinavian welfare state model is only suitable for good weather.