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The potential contribution of women to sustainable development is beyond doubt. The challenge is how to ensure that women and girls fulfil their potential. This is a critical test for the 2030 international development agenda because the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be achieved if gender issues are not effectively addressed.

Development needs ideas and values, and women now feature at the forefront of many fields of knowledge. This is particularly true in the social and human sciences, where female scientists and humanists not only contribute through knowledge production but also provide inspiration, as well as role models, for many more women.

This newsletter aims at raising awareness on advances in the Social and Human Sciences which are directly relevant to the 2030 international development goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the Global Women Leaders’ Forum held in Sofia, in May 2016, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said “We need to shine light on women who are already leading”. To that end, this publication will disseminate the work of women engaged in really making a difference in terms of advancing ideas for gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing.

This newsletter celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of those women. By highlighting a sample of their ideas and accomplishments, this publication aims at showcasing the diversity and the excellence of women´s contributions in fields of competence related to the work of UNESCO´s Social and Human Sciences Sector.

Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences


Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez, pm.monreal-gonzalez(at)unesco.org

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