On 11 February, the women and girls around the world, the United Nations, and other stakeholders will celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Marking this occasion, UN Women notes:
“Today, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).” Check out what else UN Women says: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-day-of-women-an.
RightsTech Women is committed to working so that women and girls, the rights holders, are empowered and connected with their own human rights with regard to STEM fields. For more women and girls to enter and stay in STEM fields in education and employment, women and girls need to be more connected to their rights. And like women and girls, governments, international organizations, and employers too also need to be more aware of those rights and of the inequalities that exist which serve as barriers to women entering and staying in STEM fields. We need to work together to get rid of those inequalities. We need women to be part of finding solutions to the global challenge we all face. We’ve all got a lot of work to do to reach equality. We can do it.
Wishing everyone a happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
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