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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment through and for Science

When, local time: 
Friday, 9 February 2018 -
9:30am to 12:30pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

This event, organized in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, will bring together representatives of scientific institutions, international organisations, NGOs and tech businesses to analyse the current situation and identify effective ways to empower women through and for science. It will include two roundtables, the first focusing on the gender gap in computer science, and the second on promoting women in science in the context of the newly adopted Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers and Declaration on Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change.

Science-related fields will continue play a crucial role for Sustainable Development and we simply cannot afford leaving behind the full potential for creation and innovation that women can bring. The under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) translates into the loss of a critical mass of talent, thoughts and ideas, which hinders countries from reaching their maximum development potential.

Women represent a minority in research and at high levels of responsibility in science both in academia and in decision-making processes. Girls continue to be subject to social and cultural restrictions in some communities, while in others, their access to education, to science and to funding for research continues to hamper their advancement and to prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Promoting the participation of women and girls in science means changing mindsets, fighting gender stereotypes and biases that limit girls’ horizons, expectations and professional goals since their early childhood.

To participate in this event, please register:
he event will be webcast live in English and French

Tentative Programme

09:30 - Welcome coffee

10:00- Welcome Remarks

Audrey Azoulay
Director-General, UNESCO (TBC)
Alexandra Palt
Executive Vice President, L’Oréal Corporate Foundation

Master of ceremony: Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO

Round table: “Closing the gender gap in computer sciences”
Moderator: Ulrika Ferenius, Deputy Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO

Video: Cracking the Code: Quality education, equally for all


Regina Agyare
founder, Soronko Solutions, Ghana
Kathleen Noonan
Director of Philanthropies & Education Communications Europe, Microsoft
Reine Essobmadje
Coalition digitale
Clarisse Angelier
Déléguée générale, Association nationale de la recherche et de la technologie (ANRT)
Juan Miguel González Aranda
Head of Unit Nanotech and e-Science, Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Spain
Hana Y. AlSyead
Vice-President, Diversity and Chairwoman Steering Committee Olayan Women

Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

Nada Al-Nashif
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
Representative from Fédération Mondiale des Travailleurs Scientifiques- World Federation of Scientifics Workers (FMTS-WFSW)

Closing remarks

Saniye Gülser Corat
Director, Gender Equality Division, UNESCO
Flavia Schlegel
Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO