On February 11 every year, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated to promote equal access and participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The United Nations recognizes the crucial role that women and girls play as agents of change in accelerating progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16 and 17. This year marks the ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly, with the main theme being “Women and Girls in Science Leadership, a New Era for Sustainability,” and the subtheme being “Think Science … Think Peace.”
The Commission on the Status of Women adopted a report at its 55th session on March 14, 2011, which highlighted the importance of full and equal access to education, training, science, technology, innovation for development for women and girls. The General Assembly recognized this need on December 20, 2013 when it passed a resolution on science, technology, innovation for development. The resolution emphasized that women’s equal access to full employment and decent work is also essential for achieving gender equality.
The ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly will bring together leaders from various fields to discuss how women’s leadership can help achieve economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental integrity – three pillars of sustainable development. Experts from around the world will share their insights into how science can lead to peace.