The Secretary-General of the United Nations has called for equal representation of women and girls in the scientific community. He highlighted the systemic barriers and biases that prevent women from pursuing careers in science, including limited access to education and underrepresentation in publications.
The Secretary-General believes that it is crucial to address gender inequalities in science by overcoming gender stereotypes, promoting role models, developing programs to advance women in science, and creating work environments that nurture their talents, especially those from minority groups. He emphasized that women and girls belong in science and it is time to recognize that inclusion fosters innovation.
UNESCO and UN Women have chosen “Closing the gender gap in science” as the theme for this year’s International Day. This aligns with SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality, which aims to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, eliminate harmful practices such as early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation, and provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health care. Globally, almost half of all married women currently lack decision-making power over their sexual and reproductive health and rights.