Happy Halloween and World Cities Day! This day is designed to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, all in the efforts of encouraging sustainable urban development around the world. The theme for this year’s World Cities Day is “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”. It was chosen because cities now need support to become resilient and develop their capacity to deal with crises and to preserve human life and limit damage to various assets. For example, the ICLEI has been working with towns that are greatly affected by the climate crisis.
Although you may question how this day relates to women and girls in science, my question for you is: how can women and girls in science in cities support those in rural areas? This can be in terms of resources support, mentorship, or other solutions to close the gap between the privileged and the underprivileged population who would like to pursue careers in the sciences.