International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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February 11th is International Day for Women and Girls in Science (approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015)

“This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a key role in science and technology communities and that their participation need to be strengthened.”

OMEP France President and representative to UNESCO, Daniéle Perruchon, participated in the UNESCO-led and UN-Women celebration in Paris.

Speakers: Heide Hackmann, Lingadahalli Subrahmanya Shashidhara, Vivian Etsiapa Boama, GloriaBonder and Dragana Ilic.

Among the topics covered in different interventions are:

– Lack awareness about science

– Ignorance of scientific careers

– The importance of education from an early age

– The importance of networking and guidance

– The financial assistance provided by the (l’Oréal) Awards to acquire equipment in research laboratories, for example in Africa

– The need to create an Observatory to analyse the causes of the abandonment of sciences, and course of studies, and in the choice of a trade (UNESCO chair opened in Paris)

– Even more marked gender inequality in computer science.

More about this date:

UN: https://www.un.org/es/observances/women-and-girls-in-science-day/

UNESCO: https://es.unesco.org/commemorations/womenandgirlinscienceday

Message from Unesco Director-General, Mrs. Audrey Azoulay:

https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000372680

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