The universal 2030 Development Agenda cannot be understood without understanding that our civilizational attitudes need to be changed and therefore the idea of girls
having role models of women as scientists need to be inclusive role models.

This means that institutions need those at the heads of such institutions must ensure that women and men are paid equally for the same work. In many cases in
science, women are torn between family obligations and careers and often their own desire to have families or simply spend time in professional development suffer
detrimentally or even in many cases, are completely abandoned. "What if" does not occur in the cases of their male counterparts.

The idea of "He for She", championed so admirably by former Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN Henry MacDonald, will never find true completion
unless men and institutions change their attitudes in the case of women who practice any of the sciences, whether engineering or economics.

Parity means try equality, and it is one of the purposes of this International Day to ensure that parity becomes reality.

Living up to the United Nations Secretary-General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for
sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is
to "Build the Future We Want", we must address Parity in Science for Sustainable Development and accept that Science is for all.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
First International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2016
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