International Day of
Women & Girls in Science
February 11

I welcome today’s adoption of the resolution on the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.
It demonstrates the continuing resolve and commitment of Member States to eliminate gender
inequality in science, employment, opportunities and education.

By calling for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the General Assembly is positioning
itself to address concerns that require the deliberative, multilateral authority of the Assembly for
effective implementation and follow-through.

Together, we must prioritize quality, equity and parity in science, empower women in science, and
provide comprehensive assistance and empowerment to transforming the world in dignity and peace
by eliminating the gender disparity in science education at all levels.

Ensuring the full and equal participation of women in science in implementing the 2030 Agenda is
important in "Transforming our World" to: End poverty in all its forms everywhere; to achieve food
security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; to Ensure healthy lives and
promote well-being for all at all ages; to Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote
lifelong learning; for building the low carbon, climate resilient, green and inclusive economies and
societies of the future; and last but not least to Achieve transformation based on peace, stability,
inclusion, and partnerships.

I would like to commend RASIT’s team particularly the Executive Director HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-
Hashemite and RASIT’s Representative to the UN Mr. Richard Jordan, principles of integrity, teamwork,
leadership as well as commitment and dedicated efforts to help empowering women in science.  For
more than 47 years, RASIT is at the heart of Science Education Economy Arts & Sustainable
Development with an infinitive vision into the future, and will continue this tradition of measureless
services for the benefit of mankind.

I also would like to commend H.E. Hon. Dr. Helena. Dalli - the Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer
Affairs and Civil Liberties for the principles of excellence, commitment and dedicated efforts supporting
Women in Science worldwide.  I, also, would like to express our sincere thanks to the Mission of Malta
at the United Nations for their tireless efforts and work, and the member states co-sponsored the
resolution for the flexibility and the constructive spirit which they have displayed during the
negotiations leading to this important outcome.

Further, I would like to thank the four million women and men of goodwill who pledged in support of the
resolution, as well as civil society groups and organizations which have championed past initiatives on
women, science and education.

I note with appreciation the important work underway within the United Nations system, including the
initiatives of the UN Women.

Today, we are reaffirming our collective resolve to work together to bridge the world through
collaboration and partnership from which all humanity will benefit.  

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science will directly influence the perception of women in
science for sustainable development and elevate the contributions of women in science, past, present
and future that equitably reflects the aspirations and ambitions of all global citizens.
STATEMENT BY THE DEAN OF RASIT
HRH Prince Adnan El-Hashemite
December 22, 2015
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
Women and Girls in Science
اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة في ميدان العلوم