International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

What’s it all about – UNESCO has called for the The International Day of Women and Girls in Science to be celebrated on 11 February. This was implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration institutions and civil society partners that aim to promote women and girls in science.

The UNESCO website states, “The International Day of Women and Girls in Science Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and the support of young girls, their education and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace. Tackling some of the greatest challenges of the Agenda for Sustainable Development — from improving health to combating climate change — will rely on harnessing all talent. That means getting more women working in these fields. Diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.

Pupils In Science Lesson Studying Robotics

The lessons we are still learning – We run a codeclub here in Melbourne, Australia with a focus on coding, electronics, robotics, making, etc. We’ve been doing this for over a year now and over that time I’ve frequently asked myself if i have done enough to encourage the little girls in my class to stick with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). We’ve learned a few things through what other mentors have shared but many important things we have had to learn the hard way. One of the lessons that took me a while to learn is that the little girls in class work really well in groups. Am not really sure if it’s a local codeclub phenomenon or but it just so happens that my little girls in class seem to want to team up with other girls (ages don’t seem to matter a lot) in class and collaborate on various coding, electronics and robotics opportunities.

I’ve also learned that to encourage participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities it definitely helps to have older women as mentors. This is definitely an area of focus and something we are needing to work on in the coming year.

I’ve have always been a firm believer that women need to play as much of a role in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as much as men do if not more. Having lived in a developing country for a large part of my life i think i have a grasp of some of the challenges women face and the roles they have been forced to play at home and at work. Things are changing slowly and we can definitely do our bit by encouraging equal representation of women at all levels i.e. at work and at play. We ought to keep it at the front of our minds that to increase participation at the higher levels in society we have to start with the grass roots and what better place to start that at a local codeclub….. 🙂

As Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women says, “By harnessing the creativity and innovation of all women and girls in science, and properly investing in inclusive STEM education, research and development and STI ecosystems, we have an unprecedented opportunity to leverage the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to benefit society “.

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