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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016, February 11th

Международный день женщин и девочек в науке, 11 февраля.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.
Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia , 11 de febrero.
Journée internationale des femmes de science, 11 février.
妇女和女童参与科学国际日, 2月11日.

Int'l Day of Women Women and Girls in Science

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016.

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the power of science as a driver for human rights and dignity, poverty eradication and the protection of the planet.
On this first International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UNESCO’s message is clear – the new Agenda will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science.

More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women.

Almost 21 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action from the 4th World Conference on Women, women remain underrepresented in the natural sciences. According to the most recent UNESCO Science Report, women account for only 28 percent of researchers across the world, with the gap deepening at the higher echelons of decision-making. Women have less access to funding, to networks, to senior positions, which puts them at a further disadvantage in high-impact science publishing.

This calls for deep and sustained change, starting in the earliest years through improved participation of women and girls in science education, training and research activities at all levels. Girls’ and women’s access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cannot be envisaged when girls and women remain the majority of out-of-school children, youth and illiterate adults. This gap throws a shadow over entire societies, as no country can move forward with only half its creativity, energy, and dreams.

Gender equality is a global priority at UNESCO, and promoting women and girls in science stands at the heart of this action, through a range of initiatives – starting with the flagship L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership, and including the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, with a focus on STEM education, the SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) project, as well as the UNESCO UNITWIN Networks in Gender, Science and Technology, supporting women in science teaching and research.

On this first International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I invite all our partners and all Governments to redouble efforts to empower girls and women through and in science, as a foundation to take forward the 2030 Agenda.

Irina Bokova

FORUM : Women in Science Day

Living up to the United Nations Secretary General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address Parity in Science for Sustainable Development and accept that Science is for all.

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

 Why Are We Still Concerned about Women in Science?

Attracting women to science workforce and high-tech entrepreneurship and then retaining them will require changing the culture of science to make it more family-friendly and inviting.

The Inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum, organised by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs, aims to advance the health, wealth and empowerment of women in all of their diverse communities. The Forum is the first international step towards a collaborative approach to women’s health and wellbeing.


10.00 – 10.05 Opening Remarks: Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director, Royal Academy of Science International Trust, Founder of World Women’s Health and Development Forum
10.05 – 10.15 Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
10.15 – 10.25 Executive Director, UN Women, Under-Secretary-General H.E. Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
10.25 – 10.35 Executive Director, UNFPA, H.E. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
10.35 – 10.45 H.E. Ms. Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health, Russian Federation
10.45 – 10.55 Hon. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Malta
10.55 – 11.05 H.E. Mrs. Marta Arsovska Tomovska, Deputy Minister of Information Society and Administration, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
11.05 – 11.15 Hon. Mr. Samy Gemayel, MP, Republic of Lebanon
11.15 – 11.20 Mr. Amir Dossal, Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum
11.20 – 11.25 Youth Vision: Sigrid Semerdjian

World women's health and development forum

 The Future We Want, International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Share Your Dreams and Make Your Pledge in Support for a  United Nations Resolution for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

EVENTS : International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2016.

 Commemorating the very first observance of the day, a High-Level Forum will be held on 11 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and DESA-DSPD.
It starts with an individual action. That leads to collective power, and translates to exponential impact! Within 32 days, RASIT received more than 3.75 million pledges. Government of Malta Sponsors and Presented draft resolution A/C.2/70/L.4/Rev.1 to the UN General Assembly Second Committee.Malta had received initial co-sponsorship of more than 65 other member states.
On Friday December 4th 2015, the Resolution is adopted, calling upon the  entire international community, from Member States to the person in the street, to commemorate annually on February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

United Nations Economic and Social Council



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