THE DAY.. in brief

The Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Post-2015 Agenda, “The
Road to Dignity by 2030”, issued on 4 December 2014, devoted section 4.2 to “Science, Technology
and Innovation for a Sustainable Future”.

Paragraph 119 of the Synthesis Report states that “we have a long way to go to reach the necessary
level of participation of women and girls in science, technology (including ICTs), engineering and
mathematics for the world in the 21st century.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to a great degree need a strong science base, and this
cannot be achieved at any level unless girls and women have an incentive, such as recognition and
the example of role models, to have in front of them.

Inclusion of an International Day of women and Girls in Science annually on 11 February during the
annual session of the Commission on Social Development would bring the issue of advanced
education in all scientific fields to wide public attention and help to popularize many of the SDGs in the
mind of the greater public.

The commemoration of the day will also enable people worldwide to discuss the many existing
challenges and issues facing women and societies today, and then to determine the indispensable
solutions, actions, policies and programmes to overcome these issues through science-based
accomplishments in sustainable development by women in science.
International Day of
Women & Girls in Science
February 11
Día Internacional de la
Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia
Международный день
женщин и девочек в науке
Journée Internationale des
Femmes et des Filles de Science
妇女和女童参与科学国际日
International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة في ميدان العلوم