The work of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), as its first 50 years will draw to a
close in April, has focused on sustainable development programs in education, science, economy,
environment and gender equality as well as the support of the marginalized and most vulnerable.

Since 1968, RASIT has been working on Empowering Women in Science through Education, Employment and
Recognition.  For example, through its scholarship program, RASIT served and well prepared more than
10,500 female students from developing countries, and established the First International League for Women
in Science in 1998.

Further, in 2015, RASIT brought an international recognition for women and girls in science, and turned a
dream into reality. In fact, in 2015, RASIT started writing the future’s history for Women and Girls in Science.

The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science was generated during the first High-Level
World Women's Health and Development Forum organized by RASIT and the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and held on 10-11 February 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters,
with the participation of government Ministers and representatives, UNESCO, UN-Women, WHO, UNRWA,
UNICEF, UNFPA, Every Woman Every Child Initiative, etc.  Most of the distinguished guests and speakers at
the Inaugural Forum, whether at ministerial, intergovernmental, diplomatic, academic or professional levels,
were Women in Science.  

The Outcome Declaration of the Inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum, which the
participants contributed to and approved by acclamation, and presented officially at the Closing Ceremony to
the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, reflects an ambitious global action agenda and serves as a
Road Map for women’s health and development.

In implementing one of the points of the Inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum
Declaration,  RASIT's Executive Director HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite wrote a letter on 30 April
2015 to H.E. Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, requesting on
behalf of all participants at the Inaugural World Women’s Health and Development Forum — governments,
intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academic institutions, professionals, youth and non-
governmental organizations, that he kindly take the necessary steps to set in motion the mechanisms for the
UN General Assembly to declare 11 February an International Day for Women in Science.

As soon as we communicated to President Kutesa concerning next steps in creating the foundation for the
proposed International Day of Women in Science, RASIT sought the further counsel of the Office of the
President of the General Assembly, which provided suggestions for consideration of a proper orientation for a
way forward.

RASIT, and in close collaboration and partnership with the Government of the Republic of Malta, sought the
leadership of the Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations to facilitate the consultations that would
lead to the introduction of a draft resolution in the Second Committee under Agenda Item 22(b), Globalization
and interdependence: science and technology for development.

During October and early November, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malta facilitated a series of
informal consultations with Member State delegates for the purpose of perfecting the draft resolution of
creating an annual commemoration to be inscribed on the official UN Calendar of Observances for an
International Day for Women and Girls in Science. A representative of RASIT served as an informal
consultant to the Permanent Mission of Malta throughout the consultations.

As informal consultations proceeded, a number of Member States decided to join the list of co-sponsors, with
eventually more than 65 Member States supporting the final draft.

On Friday, 4 December, a dream became a reality, when the Second Committee adopted without a vote draft
resolution, A/C.2/70/L.4/Rev.1, proclaiming annually on 11 February a commemoration of the International
Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The next stop for the now-adopted Resolution would be the UN General Assembly, where the entire formal
Membership of the United Nations would take note of the Resolution.

The Partnership between RASIT and the Government of Malta truly illustrates how implementation of the SDG
17 could be achieved.  

On 22 December 2015, an historic moment was reached in which the 70th Session of the United Nations
General Assembly adopted resolution 70/212 at 16.00 (USA EST) proclaiming February 11th annually the
International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  The adoption of the resolution was watched by women in
science from around the world.

The sponsorship of more than 68 countries and the approval of all Member States to the resolution signals
the global community's interest in transforming our world through achieving gender parity in educational
opportunity and scientific participation and preparation.
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