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Issue 03/2019

IEC signs Gender Responsive Standards Declaration

Women have major role to play in standards development

The opening ceremony for the Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development took place on 14 May 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The IEC is one of its signatories.

2016
Issue 09/2016

Striking a balance with gender-informed standards

Insights from men and women improve safety for all

Traditionally, women have not been encouraged to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a result, a low number has made it into this field. Standards are meant to improve the safety and quality of products and services used by everyone. However, to achieve this, they must include the significant physiological differences between men and women and their potential impact in daily situations.