International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be marked on 11th February across the world including Pakistan.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science observes as a reminder to accelerate the global efforts for ensuring women and girls participation in science through removing the obstacles baring them to showcase their inner abilities in this male dominated field.
Women have been rendering remarkable services in every field of life however despite having immense capabilities, their reluctance to join the field of science puts question on the education system, which is unable to facilitate their participation in this field.
To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes.
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that science and gender equality were both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of efforts in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science”.
According to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM related fields in higher education. At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women.
Globally, female students enrollment 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).
Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields.
As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases, the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.