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February 11th, the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 23 March 2017

On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognise the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology communities: “Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making”, wrote Irina Bukova, Director-General of the UNESCO. A celebration event took place on February 9th 2017 morning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, focusing on Building capacity and Empowering women and girls and on various actions on Women, Science and Society.

Read the complete article by Claudine Hermann and Véronique Pierron-Bohnes in e-EPS.

Tags:  gender equality  United Nations  women in science 

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