While women constitute half of humanity, even in develop0ed countries that have ready access to higher
education, the number of women in the sciences is not equal to that of their male counterparts.

Talented and capable women thus find obstacles to entering these fields, and even when women do enter these
fields, women do not reach the pinnacle of their profession, whether in companies or in universities.

There is concern internationally in the academic sphere about this gender gap, both for practical reasons and for
egregious moral implications.

Science is essential to the development and prosperity of humanity, and a science devoid of the vibrancy that
would result from the inclusion of a wider pool of abilities, viewpoints and work methods will produce a tepid
outcome.

While national capacities differ in establishing the support needed for a greater entry of women into scientific
endeavors, the concept of an International Day would serve to encourage those women already in science fields
and encourage girls to follow suit.

Highlighting the full range of talents, perspectives, experiences, and skills of women scientist and engineers
should help to advance the scientific arena itself and act as a conduit to inspire grassroots women as well.

The low representation of women in science is an obstacle to global capacity building.

Agenda 2030 contains a number of paragraphs that deal with gender equality and achievement of all the SDGs
(14 and 20), and targets are also science-based (3.3), just for a few such instances.

The three parts of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism will be based on a multi-stakeholder collaboration
among Member States, devil society, the private sector, the science community and UN entities; and will be
composed of a UN inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, a collaborative
multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs and an online platform (para. 70,
Agenda 2030).

An International Day for Women in Science, commemorated annually on 11 February during the annual session
of the UN Commission on Social Development, would add prestige to the scientific achievements within the UN
system, in national contexts, in universities and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Women’s talents, perspectives, work methods and skills could be recognized worldwide on such a day for wide
impact. Promotion of education for women in science and for their entry into scientific careers will also serve to
build inclusive institutional climates within all countries, and allow policies and procedures to be crafted for
gender equality, leadership training, and mentoring.

Commemoration of such a day could also assist in:

  1. the cultural transformation from women’s consignment to a separate and lesser sphere than male
    counterparts to an inclusive and collegial climate that encourages women to add their talents to
    implementation of Agenda 2030;
  2. encouraging women to advance into senior and leadership positions;
  3. engaging on an annual basis women who are scientists with a broader public will help publicize jobs in
    the science and high-tech sector that need to be filled, jobs that are traditionally male-oriented;
  4. the full potential of every person being realized when science belongs to all citizens, male or female, rich
    or poor;
  5. ensuring the sustainability of development for women and all humankind to achieve equality and full
    participation of women in science in decision-making and to ensure that there be equal pay for scientific
    work by men and women.
Richard Jordan
Director
RASIT Operations to the UN
Why We Need an International Day?
International Day of
Women & Girls in Science
February 11
The phenomenal pace of technological advances sweeping across the world is
in serious need of sufficient numbers of scientists and engineers, science and
technology educators, health professionals, economists, political scientists and
policy experts, i.e., scientists in all sectors.

The important objectives of the universal mandate of Agenda 2030 in correcting
negative trends in development globally and in sustaining a productive life and
quality of life, in all countries, will not be achieved unless women are given
ample opportunities to enter and to excel in science, technology and the
above-mentioned professions.

Girls need to see women role models in order to find the encouragement to
enter into courses of study that will enable them to become scientists. Girls
aspiring to become professionals in the scientific arena are in especial need of
encouragement, nurturing, and a gender-sensitive and inclusive environment.

Women who are scientists have for too long not received recognition for their
achievements.

Often, women who are scientists are faced with a choice between following
their chosen career and in having a family. The choice is not an easy one.
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