Every year, numerous events occur on February 11 to commemorate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Each possibility is distinct, as diverse, and inventive as the individuals and organisations engaged. The 7th International Assembly of Women and Girls in Science will be conducted virtually this year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. But what are the importance and history of this day?
Gender equality has long been a priority for the United Nations. Along with science and the empowerment of women and girls, they are all critical to global economic development and progress toward achieving internationally agreed-upon development goals, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the last 15 years, the international community has worked hard to inspire and engage women and girls in science. Nonetheless, they continue to face challenges that prevent them from actively engaging in science.
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To mark the celebration of the International day on Women and Girls in Science YUVA District of Pamplemousses is holding a talk and discussion session at International College of Triolet on the 11th of February 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are both vital for economic development of world. Since science and gender equality are partners in the achievement of developmental goals internationally, YUVA District of Pamplemousses is organising a dialogue session to mark the celebration of the International Day on Women and Girls in Science 2016.
This dialogue session aims at not only inspiring and engaging girls and women in science but also to promote their participation in education and training in the field on science and at the same time promoting equal access of women and girls to employment in the field of science and technology. Our vision behind is to have 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. At the same time this dialogue session aims at raising public awareness on employment and decision-making processes in the sciences and contributing in the elimination all discrimination against women and girls.
The dialogue session targets youngster aged 15 to 18 and will be held on 11 February 2016. The session shall be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality, child Development and Family Welfare.
In order to achieve gender equality sensitization of youngsters is also important. It is crucial to promote career development for women in science and recognize the achievements of women in science to achieve sustainable development.
”Women Empowerment and bring in the limelight the status of women in science. My aim is also to sensitize our youngster especially girls on the achievements of women and girls in the field of Science and also to sensitize them on their roles , participation and contribution in society.” – Pooja Bhatoo, Project Leader