International Day of Women and Girls in Science Date in the current year: February 11, 2017

International Day of Women and Girls in Science International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an official United Nations observance held annually on February 11. It was established to contribute to ensuring gender equality and empowering women and girls in the sphere of science and education.

On September 25, 2015 the United States General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to the Sustainable Development Agenda, gender equality and women's empowerment is one of the 17 goals to transform our world. And involvement of women and girls in science is an important aspect of gender equality.

While significant progress towards gender equality and women's empowerment has been achieved under the Millennium Development Goals, gender equality remains an unfulfilled promise in many parts of the world. Spheres such as science, technology, math and engineering are still regarded as male domains in many countries. As a result, it is much harder for women to get professional educational and achieve success in these spheres. According to a study, the probability of female students to graduate with an academic degree is on average twice lower than that of male students.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created to raise awareness of the contribution of women to the development of science, as well as to consolidate efforts to combat gender discrimination and achieve full and equal access of women and girls to science and technology education, professional development and career advancement.

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