International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed on 11th day of February

Highlights:

  • The world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science every year on the 11th day of February.  
  • The year 2021 marked the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 
  • The day was celebrated under the theme "Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19".
  • The event was held at the United Nations Headquarters through video conferencing.
  • The event marked the role of women who were at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.
  • The event also marked the discussion on the important part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development namely the gender equality and science.
  • The International Day of Women and Girls in was started being observed by the United Nations through a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly that was passed on December 22, 2015.
  • The day is celebrated to recognise the critical role that women and girls play in the field of science and technology.
  • This day is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women.
  • Various intergovernmental agencies, institutions and civil society partners collaborates with the UNESCO and UN Women.
  • The day is observed with the aim to promote women and girls in science.
  • It seeks to promote full and equal access to women and girls for participation in science.
UNESCO Data:
  • The UNESCO data for the year 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.