A directory of Women speakers on UNESCO related Issues

Women make up half of the world's population. Despite the positive progress achieved towards gender equality over the past decades, when it comes to public speaking, women's visibility is scarce. International conferences, academic events, global summits and media resources perpetuate gender stereotypes and tend to favor the voices of men over that of women in their respective fields.

It is often reported that women's lack of  presence in International events is due to the absence of women experts in these fields. This database aims to put this argument to rest once and for all. Therefore, UNESCO has provided a simple, user-friendly database, that includes a diverse selection of expert women of all ages, backgrounds and from across the world.

This platform introduces a living database of accomplished women experts/speakers in the areas of UNESCO's work: Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture and Communication & Information; as well as in UNESCO's global priorities, Africa and Gender Equality.

UNESCO is proud to launch this database and to promote women’s voices and role in the public debate. We have initially selected a list of women, but we would like this list to grow over time. This can also serve as an inspiration for the wiki4women initiative launched by UNESCO and the Wikimedia Foundation to contribute to gender equality in the digital space. UNESCO invites individuals and organizations to propose additional nominations. These will be assessed on the basis of eligibility criteria, which include proven academic and professional standing as well as public speaking experience in one of UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish).

Nomination forms are accessible here.