11 February observed as a International Day of Women and Girls in Science every year. This year world celebrates 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Theme for 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19″.

Points To Note

  • The event was held at the UN Headquarters virtually.
  • The event marked the role of women who were at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • The event also marked the discussion on the important part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development namely the gender equality and science.

The Day

  • The Day was started being observed by the UN through a resolution of the UN General Assembly that was passed on 22nd December 2015.
  • The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated to recognise the critical role that women and girls play in the field of science and technology.
  • The day is implemented by UNESCO and United Nations Women.
  • Various intergovernmental agencies, institutions and civil society partners collaborates with the UNESCO and United Nations Women.
  • It is observed with the aim to promote women and girls in science.
  • The day seeks to promote full and equal access to women and girls for participation in science.

UNESCO Data

The UNESCO data for 2014-2016 states that, only around 30% of all female students select the STEM-related fields for the higher education. Enrolment of female students is lower in natural sciences, mathematics and statistics across the world when compared with the men. Women are unable to move ahead in the science and technology sector due to gender biases and lack of representation.

11 February International Day of Women and Girls in Science