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The Gender Divide in Science: Why It Matters and How to Close It

ByEditor

Feb 12, 2024
Guterres: Gender Bias in Science Limits the Contribution of Great Talent

In a statement for the day, the Secretary-General emphasized the importance of equal representation of women and girls in the scientific community. He highlighted the systemic barriers and biases that prevent them from pursuing careers in science, including limited access to education, underrepresentation in publications, and lack of funding compared to men.

The Secretary-General believes that it is crucial to address gender inequalities in science by promoting role models to encourage girls to pursue scientific careers, developing programs to advance women in science, and creating work environments that support their talents, especially those from minority groups. He concluded by emphasizing that women and girls belong in science and it is time to recognize that inclusion fosters innovation.

UNESCO has chosen “Closing the gender gap in science” as the theme for this year’s International Day, which aligns with SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality. UNESCO’s Call for Action provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root causes of gender-based inequalities in science. This goal aims to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, eliminate harmful practices such as early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation, and provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health care. Globally, almost half of all married women currently lack decision-making power over their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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