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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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    International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    Education for women

    Women continue to face significant barriers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across the globe at all levels of education, regardless of location (STEM). However, despite tremendous progress achieved in boosting women’s involvement in higher education, women continue to be underrepresented in these fields of work. Female empowerment and equality are essential not only for global economic development but also for achieving all aims and ambitions of a nation.

    The Commission on the Status of Women released a report on March 14, 2011, following its fifty-fifth session, which contained consensus findings on women and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, research, and technology, as well as on promoting women’s equitable access to full employment and decent work. 

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    By decision of the United Nations General Assembly on December 22, 2015, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed on the 11th day of February. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on science, technology, and innovation for development. It recognised the critical role that women and girls of all ages play in ensuring that gender equality and female empowerment are achieved through equal access to and participation in scientific, technological, and innovative fields.

    When it comes to accomplishing internationally recognised development targets, scientific and gender equality are critical components of success. In recent decades, the scientific community has made significant efforts to promote and involve women and girls in science and technology. However, women and girls are still denied the opportunity to fully participate in scientific endeavours.

    There is still a long way to go before complete equality of rights and opportunities between men and women. As a result, it is critical to put provide equitable access to high-quality education and health care, as well as economic resources and political engagement for both women and girls. Equal access to jobs, leadership roles, and decision-making at all levels is also critical to achieving equality of opportunity.


    Women and girls account for half of the world’s population and, as a result, account for half of the world’s potential economic growth. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but it is also essential for peaceful societies, fulfilment of one’s full potential, and the achievement of sustainable development. 

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