Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in Kazakhstan

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The UNESCO Almaty Office organizes an advocacy event for schoolchildren on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to promote full and equal access and participation in science for young girls and women.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated each year on 11 February, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2016 to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This Day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened. Since 2017, the UNESCO Almaty Office celebrates this day with UN colleagues and national partners in order to raise awareness on the topic at various levels.

The event will bring together schoolchildren from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network in Almaty and the Network of the Kazakh National Women’s Teacher Training University (about 60 students of 5-6 grades and their teachers), young female researchers pursuing their PhDs or already conducting research in academia, representatives of the UN Country Team and other partners.

The event will be held in a format of plenary introductory session, interactive sessions and a quiz. The interactive sessions will be organized in a format of six thematic 'stations', with the aim of sensitizing children on the role of science in their daily lives and in addressing major environmental challenges, as well as in promoting the key SDGs related to science and environment. It will teach children to act together and analyze their actions and actions of other participants (students will be divided into groups). The topics of the six different stations focus on the major environmental challenges that the world, and Kazakhstan in particular, faces.

After the event, the students will be asked to replicate this activity in their schools in a form of a training, and make a video of it. On the occasion of the World Environment Day (5 June), the best team will be announced and the girls will further compete for the title of Science Ambassador for Girls. The team will also participate in UNESCO-organized field work, which will be the first in a series of field trips for girls in environmental sciences, entitled as “Girls and Rocks”.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 11.02.2019 10:00 local time
End 11.02.2019 14:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Tovmasyan, Kristine
Organizer UNESCO Almaty Office
Contact Kristine Tovmasyan (email: k.tovmasjana@unesco.org; tel.: +7 (727) 258 26 43, ext. 1414)
Country Kazakhstan
City Almaty
Venue UN Building
Street 67, Tole bi Str.
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event Russian
Estimated number of participants 80
Official Website
Link 1 International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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