Talented and capable women thus find obstacles to entering these fields, and even when women do enter these fields, women do not reach the pinnacle of
their profession, whether in companies or in universities.

There is concern internationally in the academic sphere about this gender gap, both for practical reasons and for egregious moral implications.

Science is essential to the development and prosperity of humanity, and a science devoid of the vibrancy that would result from the inclusion of a wider pool
of abilities, viewpoints and work methods will produce a tepid outcome.

While national capacities differ in establishing the support needed for a greater entry of women into scientific endeavors, the concept of an International Day
would serve to encourage those women already in science fields and encourage girls to follow suit.

Highlighting the full range of talents, perspectives, experiences, and skills of women scientist and engineers should help to advance the scientific arena
itself and act as a conduit to inspire grassroots women as well.

The low representation of women in science is an obstacle to global capacity building.

Agenda 2030 contains a number of paragraphs that deal with gender equality and achievement of all the SDGs (14 and 20), and targets are also science-
based (3.3), just for a few such instances.

The three parts of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism will be based on a multi-stakeholder collaboration among Member States, devil society, the
private sector, the science community and UN entities; and will be composed of a UN inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the
SDGs, a collaborative multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs and an online platform (para. 70, Agenda 2030).

An International Day for Women in Science, commemorated annually on 11 February during the annual session of the UN Commission on Social
Development, would add prestige to the scientific achievements within the UN system, in national contexts, in universities and non-governmental
organizations, and the private sector.

Women’s talents, perspectives, work methods and skills could be recognized worldwide on such a day for wide impact. Promotion of education for women
in science and for their entry into scientific careers will also serve to build inclusive institutional climates within all countries, and allow policies and
procedures to be crafted for gender equality, leadership training, and mentoring.

Commemoration of such a day could also assist in:

  1. the cultural transformation from women’s consignment to a separate and lesser sphere than male counterparts to an inclusive and collegial climate
    that encourages women to add their talents to implementation of Agenda 2030;
  2. encouraging women to advance into senior and leadership positions;
  3. engaging on an annual basis women who are scientists with a broader public will help publicize jobs in the science and high-tech sector that need to
    be filled, jobs that are traditionally male-oriented;
  4. the full potential of every person being realized when science belongs to all citizens, male or female, rich or poor;
  5. ensuring the sustainability of development for women and all humankind to achieve equality and full participation of women in science in decision-
    making and to ensure that there be equal pay for scientific work by men and women.
Richard Jordan
Director
RASIT Operations to the UN
Why We Need an International Day?
The phenomenal pace of technological advances sweeping across the world is in serious need of sufficient numbers of
scientists and engineers, science and technology educators, health professionals, economists, political scientists and policy
experts, i.e., scientists in all sectors.

The important objectives of the universal mandate of Agenda 2030 in correcting negative trends in development globally and in
sustaining a productive life and quality of life, in all countries, will not be achieved unless women are given ample opportunities
to enter and to excel in science, technology and the above-mentioned professions.

Girls need to see women role models in order to find the encouragement to enter into courses of study that will enable them
to become scientists. Girls aspiring to become professionals in the scientific arena are in especial need of encouragement,
nurturing, and a gender-sensitive and inclusive environment.

Women who are scientists have for too long not received recognition for their achievements.

Often, women who are scientists are faced with a choice between following their chosen career and in having a family. The
choice is not an easy one.

While women constitute half of humanity, even in developed countries that have ready access to higher education, the number
of women in the sciences is not equal to that of their male counterparts.
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“Gender, Science and Sustainable Development:
The Impact of Media”
2017
from Vision to Action
International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
February 11
10 February 2017
United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 3