Women in Science and non-traditional settings
This year the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will be celebrating the World Science Day for Peace and Development by focusing attention on the important role of Albanian women in science. A round table open to the public entitled “Women in Science and non-traditional settings” will take place in Tirana, Albania, on Friday 9 November 2012 at the Ambretti Room of the Hotel Tirana International. Important Albanian women scientists, ministerial representatives and international guests, among them Vita Majce, 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO International Fellow ‘’For Women in Science”, Slovenia (Molecular microbiology and chemistry) and Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, will share how their professional achievements and educational experiences in the various fields of science have affected their lives and careers.
Although there are encouraging signs, women are still under-represented in science whether in basic scientific research or at higher decision-making levels. Science cannot continue to deprive itself of the full scientific potential of over half the world’s population. Science is a key to knowledge; for women to gain access to knowledge and achieve gender equality, they must have access to science. It has been noted that women are responsible for half of the human knowledge and technical expertise as informal agriculturalists, gardeners, animal-breeders, managers of their community resources as well as technological innovators and agents of change. But unfortunately, failure to recognize women’s scientific know how and inputs, even in daily life situations, has led to a noticeable lack of confidence in their academic capacities and career choices.
Since its establishment by UNESCO in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. The Day is an occasion to recall UNESCO's mandate and commitment to science. This year’s theme, “Science for global sustainability: interconnectedness, collaboration, transformation”, shines a light on our increasingly interconnected and interdependent economic, social, cultural and political systems, both in terms of the pressure these place on the Earth system and of the potential for solutions that they provide.
The round table in Tirana, organized in close cooperation with the government of Albania – the Ministry of Education and Science and the Albanian Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities -, within the framework of the Albania-United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016, is an opportunity not only to promote the theme of this year’s edition of the World Science Day through gender equality - a global priority for UNESCO – by generating interest and showing tangible results of the future empowerment of women in the numerous fields of science. The speakers of the round table will also serve as “science spokespersons” and career mentors to encourage the future generations of Albanian women to continue their studies in science.
Media Advisory: N°2012-06
UNESCOVENICE PRESS 07-11-2012
Photo credits: © One UN Albania Office/UNDP S. Calza - Women in Science and non-traditional settings, 9 November 2012, Tirana (Albania)