International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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When: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Where: United States

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“Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”
8 - 9 February 2018
United Nations Headquarters - New York City

Concept Note and Draft Programme Agenda

The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science was generated during the first High-Level World 
Women's Health and Development Forum organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) 
and The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and held on February 11th 2015 at the United 
Nations Headquarters.

Following outreach to a number of partners and stakeholders at all levels and with RASIT’s partnership with the 
Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, the Republic of Malta, a milestone year was 
reached in which the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (
proclaiming February 11 annually the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  The sponsorship of more 
than 68 countries and the approval of all Member States to the resolution signals the global community's interest 
in transforming our world through achieving equality and parity in science for sustainable development.  

The partnership between the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the Government of the 
Republic of Malta illustrates 
Sustainable Development Goal 17.

In both 
2016 and 2017, the Royal Academy of Science International Trust organized the commemoration of the 
International Day in close collaboration and partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and 
Social Affairs (UN-DESA) and the Government of Malta.  The participation of the highest levels of the UN system 
agencies and programmes, Inter-governmental Organizations and Member States, demonstrates the continuing 
resolve and commitment of international community to eliminate gender inequality in science, employment, 
opportunities and education.

The Second Commemoration of this International Day revolved around the theme “Gender, Science, and 
Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media”. The theme of the sixty-second Session of the UN Commission on 
the Status of Women (CSW62) looks forward in this regard, since the priority theme will be: "Challenges and 
opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls", with the review theme 
of CSW62 being entitled: "Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and 
communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and 
empowerment of women". Since 10 February 2017, the impact of media in achieving the sustainable development 
goals is now widely discussed in the international community.

In commemorating the 3rd International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Royal Academy of Science 
International Trust (RASIT), the Government of the Republic of Malta, the United Nations Conference on Trade 
and Development (UNCTAD), the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of:  Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, 
Cyprus, Georgia, Hungary, Paraguay, Portugal, Rwanda, San Marino, and Viet Nam; the International Labour 
Organization (ILO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Union for 
Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are organizing a two-days forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York 
from 8 – 9 February 2018, focusing firmly on “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”.

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