Since 2015, we have celebrated February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Assembly. This is a recognition of the critical role played by women and girls in the scientific and technological community, which contributes to sustainable development as well as their empowerment in these areas, as well as innovation.
30% of researchers and scientists around the world are women
Report entitled “Women in Science”, 2019, UNESCO
Even though a delay is reflected in the statistics, inclusion of women in science has been gaining ground. For example, Mexico is among the 5 top countries that have progressed in closing the gender gap, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 of the World Economic Forum.
We know that the world needs science and science needs women who provide more and better solutions for the future. Hence, from Iberdrola México we provide our small contribution through programs such as Impulso STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), with which we promote engineering study among female high school students in the state of Oaxaca by showing that these programs do not have a gender.
On this day, we should remember that the task of all of us is to encourage the participation and equality of women and girls in education, training and employment to increase their participation in STEM issues and thus help in the fulfillment of the SDGs, gender equality (SDG 5) and reduced inequalities (SDG 10).
Below you will find some tips to inspire your daughters, nieces, sisters or female cousins to learn more about unlimited science and technology.
Women in Science 2019 http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/fs55-women-in-science-2019-en.pdfResolution approved by the General Assembly on December 22, 2015, UNESCO https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/212&Lang=S