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First Commemoration 11 February 2016
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"As a scientist and a woman, I cannot
express how excited I am to see the
United Nations take up a cause that I have
championed my entire life...
Recognizing a problem is always the first
step toward addressing it, and the UN
resolution founding the International Day of
Women and Girls in Science is an
excellent development. It signals the
global community's interest in achieving
gender parity in educational opportunity
and scientific participation-an important
issue in Canada and around the globe".
    The Honourable Kirsty Duncan,
    Minister of Science, Canada
Women in STEM: On UN International Day of Women and
Girls in Science, meet five scientists making strides
By Kristian Silva.
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Gender inequality hinders the capacity to unlock the full contribution
that women in science can make to the world. The past 15 years have
seen increased efforts to inspire and engage women and girls in
science. However, in some parts of the world, the percentage of female
students achieving a degree in science-related fields continues to be
much lower compared to that of male students.   
Fiona Jackson, Head of Strategic Resourcing, EDF Energy,
said: “It’s fantastic to see initiatives such as the International
Day of Women and Girls in Science making such a strong
case to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM
subjects and careers. Unfortunately, there is still a massive
skills shortage in these industries, which will only increase in
the future unless decisive action is taken now.
The haunting, unforgettable story of a
daughter’s search for truth and a
father’s unyielding loyalty, Red Tiger
is a beautifully written novel set in a
country at once mysterious and
modern. It is about the courage to
question tradition, the faith to uphold
it, and the love that ultimately binds
them together.

Writing against the exotic backdrop of
Indonesia where he lives and works,
Virgil Underwood weaves a
compelling narrative that confirms his
place among the ranks of our best
storytellers. Powerful, deeply moving,
Red Tiger is a novel that transcends
time and place to connect us with a
young Muslim girl whose journey is
A seventeen-year-old student from a rural village in Southeast Asia, Lestari wants
nothing more than to fit in. Raised by her father, the revered guardian of an active
volcano, she joins in the offerings to the spirits of the sacred mountain but begins
to doubt their effectiveness. When a handsome Dutch entrepreneur arrives to
explore Indonesia’s potential for geothermal energy, Lestari befriends and
eventually falls in love with him and the rift between father and daughter widens.

In the weeks leading up to her high school graduation, the volcano begins to
erupt, blanketing the village in ash. Shockingly, a set of tiger tracks is discovered
in the dust behind one of the houses, sending the village into a panic. What
follows will haunt Lestari for the rest of her life, as her father makes one great
offering to the spirits of the sacred mountain, keeping the secret of the tiger’s
prints and leaving his daughter to re-evaluate her intolerance of mystical beliefs.

An impressive debut novel, Red Tiger is nothing short of a triumph, an enduring,
fascinating, remarkable story of a daughter’s doubt, a father’s faith, and a love that
refuses to die.
Facilitating girls’ access to training and education in science and
engineering or reducing the barriers for women to develop a career as
water professionals (e.g. recruitment, payment, family conciliation,
etc.)  are crucial measures to boost female involvement in the sector.
However cultural stereotypes play also a big role pushing girls away
from choosing to enter in scientific and engineering studies and
careers. The water sector has traditional been a male domain and in
general is still stereotyped as a male-oriented sector (i.e. seen as
more compatible with characteristics that have been traditionally
associated and more appreciated in men and far from the femininity
ideals). Broadening role models, portraying women leadership, and
increasing visibility of the actual diversity in the field can help to
change stereotypes.        
Celebrating the
International Day of
Women and Girls in
One student’s story on
research, science and
How can we break down barriers and better support women in
Amen to that. We can’t promise that scale of scientific breakthrough
every 11th February, but we’d certainly like to make this celebration of
women’s contributions to science, technology, engineering and maths
an annual event.        
Today is the Day the UN Celebrates Women and Girls in
Science. Here’s Why That’s So Important
by  Karen Coates
This is the first such commemorative day dedicated to asking
these questions and coming up with solutions to a problem
that affects communities from the wealthiest, most urbane
settings to the poorest corners of the globe.

In place after place, women and girls are lagging behind their
male counterparts in the sciences. A quick look at the stats
shows why the international community so urgently needs to
do a better job of  promoting women in science.
Why engaging with young women in schools will unearth a new
selection of talent...         
Engineering and Physical
Sciences Recognizes
Women in Science
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International Day for Women and Girls in Science with
Sarah Scholl.  
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First annual International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
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Louisa Ono Eikhomun speaks on 2016 UN
International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Anne Hession, a science teacher in a Co. Galway school in
Ireland, Video.
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Celebrating Women in Science | Massey University
“Gender, Science and Sustainable Development:
The Impact of Media”
from Vision to Action
International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
February 11
10 February 2017
United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 3