International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed on 11th day of February
- 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
- 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
- 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
- It seeks to promote full and equal access to women and girls
for participation in science.
- 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
- Women are unable to move ahead in the science and technology sector due to
gender biases and lack of representation.