It’s the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, hosted by the United Nations

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LONDON, Monday 11th February - Today marks UN-run International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a campaign first introduced during the Inaugural High-Level World Women’s Health and Development Forum organised by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the United Nations.

Most of the guests and speakers at the Inaugural Forum, which includes ministers, government-representatives, diplomats, academics and professionals, are women working in science.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science reflects an aggressive global action agenda and operates as a road map for women’s health and development.

This year’s theme is “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”, to raise awareness around the critical nature of science and gender equality for the achievement of global development goals.  

Despite the global efforts to encouraging more women and girls into science, the UN states that females “continue to be excluded from participating fully in Science”.

The UN’s website statement reads: “At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women.”

“According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).”

“Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.”

 

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