First International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    February 11, 2016
         United Nations Headquarters



SUMMARY

The achievements of women in all areas of science have mainly gone overlooked compared to the achievements of their male counterparts. This situation is a serious
obstacle to achieving gender equality, since the underlying reasons for the situation is multi-faceted.

When the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution calling for the commemoration of an International Day of Women and Girls in Science, A/RES/70/212, a
clarion call was sounded for another male-dominated domain to recognize the contributions of women not just in the heralded STEM issues – science, technology,
engineering and mathematics – but all in fields such as medicine, law, library science, economics and political science.

The mobilization of international actors at every level – and of the concept of “He for She”, where men and boys are willing to support women and girls who dream of
contributing to the betterment of society and for achieving the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda and the SDGs.


BACKGROUND

The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) has firmly established itself in the international community as the regular voice of “Women in Science.”  
Over the past 17 years, and through its programme “Women in Science International League”, RASIT is working closely with the United Nations system, as well as with
other Intergovernmental Organizations, Governments, and Civil Society and advocating on the need to ensure equality and full participation for Women in Science in
decision making and sustainable development programs; and access to comprehensive, high-quality education, equal employment opportunities and promotion, with a
clear consideration for the different needs of different societies and cultures.  Further, RASIT celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Women in Science International
Award, The First International Award to acknowledge and recognize Women Innovation, Excellence, Intelligence, and Success, and to honor women as Leaders. In
addition to helping many universities worldwide to establish women in science society and funds, RASIT celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first directory of women
in science, which helped in creating scholarships, jobs, mentoring and collaboration. Last but not least, RASIT managed to attract the attention of member states to
adopt a historical resolution for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

To promote the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and to further empower women and girls in science particularly in developing countries, RASIT is
launching a Global Fund for Women and Girls in Science; and a Women in Science Committee.


OBJECTIVES

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science will help institutions at all levels, in the context of a multi-stakeholder approach, to review, analyze and enhance
different approaches aimed at promoting the work of women in science and of encouraging girls to enter the sciences as a lifetime profession.

By commemorating the Day at UN Headquarters, capacity building will be generated at the local, national, sub-regional and regional levels.

Good practices and lessons learned can be promoted with the hope of replication in other areas.



OUTCOMES

The adoption of this Resolution is important for all of the sectors identified that deal with science: the United Nations, organs of the UN system, intergovernmental
organizations, NGOs, civil society and the private sector. A better understanding will be reached when we know much our society improves as a whole when women
and girls are educated and can contribute profitably to the development of society.

A roadmap will eventually be created to serve as a guide to interested parties.


OUTPUTS

It is intended that through the commemoration of the 1st International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Heads of State and Heads of Government who are women
and are scientists will strengthen their own links to women and girls in their countries and globally.
CONCEPT NOTE
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