27.06.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Empowering women scientists in Muslim countries

© Micheline Pelletier for the L'Oréal Corporation Foundation Prof. El Ridi from the University of Cairo, 2010 L’Oréal-UNESCO laureate.

A forum taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 20 to 22 September will offer an opportunity to share positive country-level approaches towards empowering women in Muslim countries. The International Forum on Women in Science and Technology in Muslim Countries will address a range of critically important themes related to gender equality, such as women in leadership, the role of women in science and mobilizing the younger generation of women scientists.

Senior and young women scientists will gather at the forum, together with representatives and experts from governments, international organizations, research organizations, academies of sciences, organizations grouping women specialized in science or in health, institutions of higher education and non-governmental women’s organizations.

The forum is in keeping with UNESCO’s overall priority of promoting gender equality and supporting women in science, such as through the annual L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.

The forum is being jointly organized by UNESCO, the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (Malaysia), the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (Malaysia), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World.




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