The gender disparity in the field of science remains a persistent issue, with only one in three researchers being women globally. Despite some progress, this ongoing problem is due to the numerous barriers that female scientists continue to face, which can discourage girls from pursuing scientific careers and hinder the progress of women in the field.
To address these challenges and build on the key findings and recommendations from the UNESCO Global Forum “The Future for Women and Girls in Science” and the AFNEUS “Women in Science” Congress, an event will be held in celebration of the 2024 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This event, organized in collaboration with L’Association fédérative nationale des étudiant.e.s universitaires scientifiques (AFNEUS), will unveil the UNESCO Call for Action “Closing the gender gap in science” and provide valuable insights on initiatives, resources, and best practices to put the Call for Action into practice.
This event presents an opportunity for women working in science to come together and share their experiences, challenges, and successes. It also provides a platform for networking with other researchers, policymakers, educators, students, and industry leaders who are committed to closing the gender gap in science. Additionally, this event aims to inspire young girls to pursue scientific careers by providing them with role models who have overcome similar barriers and achieved success in their fields.