Women in Science Day

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In order to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, February 11th is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. #PAForward #InformationLiteracy

What is International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day?

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Despite progress in ensuring opportunities for women in STEM fields, women and girls continue to be systematically underrepresented as users and leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In order to achieve the sustainable development goals, we need to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in information and communications technology (3 %), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).

International Day of Women and Girls in Science | UN Women – Headquarters

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