Concept note

The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) celebrates the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly on 11 and 12 February 2020 at the United Nations Headquarters.

From the outcome declaration at the High-Level World Women’s Health and Development Forum in 2015, to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science proclaimed with the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (70/212), the journey of RASIT continues through its partnership with the Government of Malta, and International Chamber of Commerce; and close collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and several Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly brings together stakeholders from high-level government officials, representatives of international organizations, foundations, private sector, civil society as well as women in science experts from around the world. Discussion will focus on the interlinkages between gender inequality -specifically in science- digital and tech revolution, and agricultural sector for Sustainable Development.  Recognizing the interplay and interdependency between science, technology and the digital economy for inclusive and green economic growth, panels will deliver evidence-based green and inclusive solutions that meet the needs of countries in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

The fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly featured an outcome document entitled “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” endorsed by 89 Member States, clearly emphasized in Paragraph 24 of the Outcome Document:

“Urge all governments to invest in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth in National, Regional and International Development Agendas, including in new research infrastructures and centres of excellence to foster research and development; encourage the emergence and development of private sector R&D initiatives in order to widen the scope of innovation which is essential to boost industrialization, women in science employment and wealth creation; increase efforts in leveraging financing from private sector and other non-traditional sources to complement public funding in order to support investment in women and girls in science and innovation.”

 

With great momentum and interest in how women in all fields of sciences can accelerate socio-economic sustainable development, the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly theme is on driving Investment in Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation in the Digitalization Era for Inclusive Green Growth with special focus on Agriculture, Technology and Digital Economy.

Furthermore, the Assembly promotes a holistic approach to address the challenge of support and strengthen the engagement of women and girls in agriculture and technology fields, while incorporating cultural insights, and investing in women and girls as fundamental means for succeeding in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.

The three thematic focus areas of the 2020 Assembly highlight

  1. the role of women in science for improving green and inclusive economy regulatory and policy framework;
  2. promoting innovative green investment in women and girls in science through public-private partnerships;
  3. advancing national-level women in science capacity development for a holistic inclusive and green action.

To this end, RASIT identified 4 priority objectives for the 5th Assembly as:

  1. Addressing the Nexus between Digital Economy, Agri-Tech and Gender Inequality;
  2. Ensuring participation of Women and Girls in Science for SDG2 and SDG6 with a Cultural Regional focus;
  3. Tackle Regional/ Local Labor Markets Interdependence and Constraints for Women in Science; and
  4. Addressing Nexus of Women in Science and Fourth Digital Revolution

True to our commitment of promoting and facilitating equality in Science, Technology and Innovation for socio-economic sustainable development, therefore, we are looking forward to welcoming your participation.