Women in Science: International Day on 11 February
11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an initiative of the United Nations Organization, this year in its third edition.
The aim of the event is to draw attention to the theme of “women in science”, to promote greater participation of women and girls in scientific activities, training and professions.
Despite recent progress, such as the increased number of female graduates, equality and parity in science remain a challenge for politics and the scientific community.
Hence the need, stressed by the UN, to promote changes at various levels to address the gender gap in all scientific disciplines, including engineering, mathematics, frontier technologies, and innovation.
These are the objectives of the Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development Forum that will take place on 8 and 9 February 2018 in New York at the United Nations Headquarters, two days with a full programme of events that can be viewed on the UN webTv.
By bringing together women experts in all disciplines, the Forum aims to enhance and recognize the role of women in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals included in the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
The aim of the Forum is to benefit from the strategies, expertise and resources of a broad spectrum of actors, including policymakers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to bring the issue of equality and parity in science for sustainable development into the mainstream public debate.