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.
On December 22nd 2015, the 70th Session of the United Nations General
Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution to establish an annual
International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This resolution demonstrates
the commitment of Member States to achieving gender equality for women in
science which remains a major challenge. Inequality hinders the capacity of
nations to unlock the full transformative contribution which women in science can
make to our world.
Read Resolution in: Arabic Chinese English French Russian Spanish
|It starts with an individual action
That leads to collective power, and translates to exponential impact!
|“Gender, Science and Sustainable Development:
The Impact of Media”
|International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
|10 February 2017
United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 3