International Day of Women & Girls in Science

#February11, 2021
United Nations Headquarters, Virtual

With great momentum and interest to accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Global Goals, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly is organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), and Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Hungary, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia -to the United Nations and co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Montenegro and San Marino to the United Nations, as well as the African Union, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Intellectuals Property Organization (WIPO).

The 6th Assembly theme is “Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society”, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programs.

The Assembly will feature for the first time Our Blind Fellow Scientists, through a High-level panel entitled Writing Science in Braille. The panel aims to raise the international community’s attention towards the rights of blind and visually impaired individuals – particularly women and girls – in science, education and literacy, equal opportunities, as well as their inclusion in sustainable development programs as agents of change, not only its beneficiaries.

Furthermore, the 6th Assembly will promote a holistic approach to discuss “How to Drive Innovative Economy in the Post-COVID Era”. The five thematic focus areas of the 2021 Assembly highlight:

– Aligning Science with the Innovation Economy

– Water Economics for Inclusive Innovative Green Growth

– Women in Science for the Oceans: Celebrating the beginning of the Oceans Decade

– Creativity of Science for Reviving Economy: Celebrating the International Year for Creative Economy

– Women in Science and Diplomacy: Celebrating the International Year of Peace & Trust.

500 Women Scientists

500 Women Scientists is a grassroots organization started by four women who met in graduate school at CU Boulder and who maintained friendships and collaborations after jobs and life took them away from Boulder. Immediately following the November 2016 election, we published an open letter re-affirming our commitment to speak up for science and for women, minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA.

500 Women Scientists works to build communities and foster real change that comes from small groups, not large crowds. Our Local Pods help create those deep roots through strong, personal relationships. Local Pods are where members meet regularly, develop a support network, make strategic plans, and take action. Pods focus on issues that resonate in their communities, rooted in our mission and values.

Over 20,000 women of STEM and supporters from more than 100 countries have signed in support of 500 Women Scientists, pledging to build an inclusive scientific community dedicated to training a more diverse group of future leaders in science and to use the language of science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy.
Why “500” Women Scientists?

We wrote our open letter with no agenda for building a grassroots movement and hoped to get 500 signatures (“500” seemed aspirational). We surpassed that goal within hours of posting the letter and we continue to reach more and more women of STEM and supporters across the world.