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Changing the Course: UNESCO’s Call to Action for Gender Equality in Science

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

The Secretary-General has issued a call to action for the International Day of Science, urging the world to close the gender gap in science. He highlighted the systemic barriers and biases that prevent women and girls from pursuing careers in science, including limited access to education, underrepresentation in publications, and lack of senior positions in major universities.

The Secretary-General emphasized that it is crucial to have women and girls participate equally in scientific discoveries and innovations. To achieve this, he recommended overcoming gender stereotypes, promoting role models to inspire girls to pursue scientific careers, developing programs to advance women in science, and creating work environments that support women’s talents, especially those from minority groups.

UNESCO’s Call for Action provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root causes of gender-based inequalities in science. This aligns with SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality, which 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.

In conclusion, the Secretary-General urged everyone to recognize that inclusion fosters innovation and encouraged all individuals

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