In recent years, despite some progress, the gender disparity in the field of science continues to persist, with only one in three researchers being women globally. This ongoing issue is due to the numerous barriers that female scientists continue to face, which can discourage girls from pursuing scientific careers and hinder the progress of women in the field.
To address these barriers and build on the key findings and recommendations from the UNESCO Global Forum “The Future for Women and Girls in Science” and the AFNEUS “Women in Science” Congress, an event in collaboration with L’Association fédérative nationale des étudiant.e.s universitaires scientifiques (AFNEUS) will be held in celebration of the 2024 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This event will unveil the UNESCO Call for Action “Closing the gender gap in science” and provide valuable insights on initiatives, resources, and best practices to put the Call for Action into practice.
The event will bring together experts, researchers, policymakers, students, and educators from around the world to discuss challenges faced by women in science and share innovative solutions to overcome them. The attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn about best practices from successful female scientists who have made significant contributions to their fields. They will also have a chance to network with like-minded individuals who are committed to promoting gender equality in science.
The event is expected to highlight some of the key issues that continue to affect women’s participation in science, such as lack of access to education and resources, discrimination, harassment, and work-life balance challenges. It will also showcase some of the exciting developments that are emerging from across different disciplines that are helping bridge this gap. By sharing these insights with others who are interested in making a difference, this event aims to inspire action at all levels – from individual actions taken by students and professionals alike to larger policy changes aimed at creating a more equitable environment for all scientists.
In conclusion, while there has been some progress towards closing the gender gap in science over recent years, much more needs to be done. The upcoming event promises