Women and Girls in Science
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the critical role of women researchers in different stages of the fight against COVID-19, from advancing the knowledge on the virus, to developing techniques for testing, and finally to creating the vaccine against the virus.
Unfortunately however, the pandemic also had a significant negative impact on women scientists, particularly affecting those at the early stages of their career, which has contributed to the widening of the existing gender gap in science, revealing the gender disparities in the scientific system, which need to be addressed by new policies, initiatives and mechanisms to support women and girls in science.
Therefore this years ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ will address the theme “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19” and will gather together experts working in fields related to the pandemic from different parts of the world.
At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women, and it is believed this is due to long-standing biases and gender stereotypes, which consequently are steering girls and women away from science related fields.
Despite these setbacks, women and girls continue to lead innovation and ground-breaking research. They have created life-saving medicine and broken the sound barrier, explored the universe and laid the foundation to understand the structure of DNA. They are inspiring role models for our future generations.
In light of this, this year’s celebration is focused on changing the narrative, and inspiring and engaging women and girls into science. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened. Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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