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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Sunday
11
February

What is International Day of Women and Girls in Science?

Barriers to full participation in science for women and girls have persisted for many years. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is designed to highlight these barriers and break them down to encourage more women and girls to participate in science.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science takes place every year on the 11th of February and was dedicated by the UN General Assembly to further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, to improve access to science and increase representation in the sector.

How is International Day of Women and Girls in Science Celebrated?

The UN General Assembly invites all organisations and individuals to engage in increasing awareness and educating the public on promoting equal access for women and girls in science. They hold virtual events which people can participate in and share resources and information.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Employment

Women often receive smaller research grants than their male counterparts and have shorter, less well-paid careers. Employers can support this area of gender equality by:

  • Using International Day of Women and Girls in Science to inspire the talent pipeline to choose a career in STEM.
  • Training employees, so everyone understands the importance of women and girls participating in science
  • Reviewing pay and striving to closing the gender pay gap
  • Ensuring policies and practises are in place and inclusive
  • Considering using mentor programmes to support women
  • Creating flexible workplaces to enable women to fully participate