Year after year, thousands of events take place to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science across the globe. Every event is unique in its own way, and as diverse and creative as the people and organizations involved.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science major events are held on 11 February each year. United by a common theme and campaigns, Equality in Science, events involve and inspire thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
Registration is open from 10 December 2021 to 14 January 2022.
The program of events, or activities organized outside the formal program of the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Assembly and other critical gender equality in science issues.
Global Calendar of Events and Activities will be published on 31 January 2022.
Full and equal access and participation for women and girls in science
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past decades, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.
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 declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015.
A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields.
Gender equality has always been a core issue for the United Nations. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution not only to economic development of the world, but to progress across all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well.
On 14 March 2011, the Commission on the Status of Women adopted a report at its fifty-fifth session, with agreed conclusions on access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, and for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. On 20 December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on science, technology and innovation for development, in which it recognized that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.