What is the Day about?
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 underrepresented in these fields. 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 resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as theInternational Day of Women and Girls in Science.
What is this year's theme?
This year's theme is “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”. From climate change toDisaster Risk Reduction, women are agents of change. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution to progress across all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is increasingly clear that the incorporation of knowledge and practices of both women and men is not only relevant but essential for peace and sustainable development.
How can you get involved?
Find inspiration by connecting with other women and girls who are passionate about STEM, like Katherine Jin, a young female scientist whose scientific invention helps safeguard health workers and spread the message about the importance of women in science for sustainable societies and peace using#WomeninScience!