11.02.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Joint message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science

Joint Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women on the occasion of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, 11 February 2019

Recently, young women and girls around the world have been vocal in calling for action to combat climate change everywhere. When 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg charged World Economic Forum attendees in Switzerland to “act as if our house is on fire”, she was voicing sentiments similar to many of her age.

Women’s and girls’ voices and expertise in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are vital to bring solutions to the disruptive change in our rapidly evolving world. We urgently need to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and actively promote gender equality in Science Technology and Innovation careers.

STEM skills form the basis of the fastest-growing job categories. Recent studies are showing that shifts in the global job market will result in 58 million net new jobs, particularly in data analysts and scientists; artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists; software and applications developers and analysts; and data visualization specialists.

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