The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated every year on February 11. This day is observed by the United Nations to promote equal access and participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The theme for this year’s assembly is “Women and Girls in Science Leadership, a New Era for Sustainability” with the subtheme of “Think Science … Think Peace.”
The history of this day dates back to March 14, 2011, when the Commission on the Status of Women adopted a report at its 55th session, advocating for women’s equal access to full employment and decent work as well as their participation in education, training, and science and technology. In December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on science, technology, and innovation for development that recognized the importance of full and equal access to science for women of all ages.
This year marks the ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly. The event will bring together women in science leaders and experts from around the world to discuss their leadership roles in achieving sustainable development’s three pillars: economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental integrity. High-level government officials, representatives of international organizations, and private sector representatives will also be present.