9 February 2017The world needs science and science needs women. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, in 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted resolution declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. More than 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action from the 4th World Conference on Women, women remain underrepresented in the natural sciences. According to the most recent UNESCO Science Report, women account for only 28 percent of researchers across the world, with the gap deepening at the higher echelons of decision-making.
Gender equality is a global priority at UNESCO, and promoting women and girls in science stands at the heart of this action, through a range of initiatives – starting with the flagship L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership, and including the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, the SAGA (STEM and Gender Advancement) project, and other initiatives supporting women in science and research.
Women in Science: Explore the data – Just 28% of researchers are women. Use this interactive tool produced by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to see where they work and their fields of research in countries around the world.
Message from Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO