Starting February 9, several events took place in accordance to the very topical issue of gender equality, here specifically, the empowerment of women in the traditionally male dominated work field of scientific research.

Celebrations were held in Brasil, Costa Rica, Italy and Kenya, addressing the vital connection between science and gender equality.

These celebrations framed the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on February 11.

Science centres and museums celebrated this day by webcasting live shows, which highlighted women’s achievements in science.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 22nd 2015, to „recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology“, as stated on the official website of the UNESCO.

Science remains one of the areas, where „gender bias is still common and accepted by some“. Less than 1/3 of researchers worldwide are women.

Successfully dealing with the greatest challenges of the plan for Sustainable Developement „will rely on harnessing all talent“, according to UNESCO, diversity in research broadens the spectrum of talents and allows for a higher effectiveness due to different perspectives and creativity.

For that to be realized, stereotypes need to be challenged and attitudes need to change.

Through The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is put into effect by UNESCO and UN-Women in cooperation with institutions and civil society partners, it is hoped to „promote women and girl’s access to and participation in science“.