The world faces a significant challenge in promoting gender equality in the scientific community. Despite making up one-third of the global scientific community, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers and biases that prevent them from pursuing careers in science. This disparity is evident in funding, underrepresentation, and senior positions held by men. Moreover, women and girls have limited or no access to education in some places, violating human rights.
UNESCO’s Secretary-General believes that addressing these gender inequalities requires a concerted effort to overcome stereotypes, promote role models, develop programs that encourage advancements, and create work environments that nurture women’s talents – especially those from minority groups. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Closing the Gender Gap in Science.” The goal is to tackle the root causes of gender-based inequalities in science. UNESCO’s Call for Action provides recommendations to address these issues.
Additionally, the goal of Gender Equality (SDG 5) is to empower women and girls by eliminating discrimination and violence, harmful practices, and promoting gender equality and women’s participation in leadership. Globally, the aim is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care. In conclusion, closing the gender gap in science requires collective action from individuals and organizations worldwide to promote gender equality and equity in all aspects of life.