February 11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On December 15, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 11 of each year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the aim of achieving full and equal access and participation in science. for women and girls, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The gender gap in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors has persisted for years around the world. Although women's participation in higher education has increased tremendously, they are still underrepresented in these fields.

Science and gender equality are vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), included in the 2030 Agenda. In the last 15 years, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls. girls in science Unfortunately, they continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in this discipline. According to a study carried out in 14 countries, the probability that female students will complete a bachelor's, master's and doctorate in some science-related subject is 18%, 8% and 2%, respectively, while the probability for male students is 37%, 18% and 6%.

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