Every year on February 11, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is observed by the United Nations to promote full and equal access and participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This year marks the ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly, which recognizes the vital role women and girls play in science as agents of change. The main theme for this assembly is “Women and Girls in Science Leadership, a New Era for Sustainability,” with the subtheme being “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, highlighting the importance of equal access to education, training, and science for women and girls. In December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing that full participation in science, technology, and innovation is crucial for achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.
The ninth Assembly will bring together women leaders in science from around the world, high-level government officials, representatives from international organizations, and private sector experts to discuss how women’s leadership can help achieve sustainable development’s three pillars: economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental integrity. By celebrating this day every year