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UNESCO celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Strengthen everyone's commitment to equal rights between men and women across education systems and at all levels

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated today, February 11, and it is a milestone for the promotion of equal rights between men and women at all levels of the educational system, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - STEM).

A recent research from UNESCO on the participation of women in science shows that there is still a long way to go before gender equality becomes a reality. According to the report Cracking the code: girls' education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); report of the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. In addition, according to the survey, the number of women recognized as leaders in highly prestigious societies or through awards remains low.

For the coordinator of the sectors of Natural Sciences and Human and Social Sciences of UNESCO in Brazil, Fábio Eon, one of the biggest challenges for sustainable development to be achieved is to be able to take advantage of all the available talents. “We need to work for more women to specialize and act in the STEM areas. This will enable diversity in research and expand the group of talented researchers, bringing new perspectives, capabilities and creativity”, he says.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. It is an initiative to strengthen everyone's commitment to equal rights between men and women across education systems and at all levels, from the pre-school to higher education, in formal and non-formal structures; and in all areas of intervention, from the planning infrastructure to the training of teachers.

To learn more about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and UNESCO's initiatives in this area, visit:

International Day Website 
Cracking the Code report
L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme