Science & Technology

UN scribe stresses need for more women in sciences

The UN fixed Feb. 11 as  International Day of Women and Girls in Science to drum up support for more women and girls to study science subjects
and to boost development in the sector.



By Ijeoma Olorunfemi
Abuja, Feb.11,2019 (NNN) The UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres, on Monday, urged more women and girls to study sciences
as the world commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The UN fixed Feb. 11 as  International Day of Women and Girls in Science to drum up support for more women and girls to study science subjects
and to boost development in the sector.

The UN chief said in an interview published on the UN Women News portal to commemorate the day that this year’s
celebration, the fourth, has “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth” as its theme.

According to him, science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals, which include
the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

He said that “the participation of women and girls in science is vital to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

“The world cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half of our population.”

Meanwhile, UN Women said it was working with the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, to
involve the private sector in encouraging women empowerment.

In a joint statement by UN Women and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the two agencies said
they were tackling the under-representation of women in science.

They added that “we call on the private sector to make commitment to gender equality by signing up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles
because gender diversity helps business to perform better.”

The two agencies are tackling under-representation through initiatives like L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science for Developing World.

Other initiatives include Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Gender Advancement project. (NNN)


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