International Day of Women and Girls in Science


Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment through and for Science

09 February 2018, from 09:30 to 12:30
Room IV, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

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. The discussions will focus on the gender gap in computer science, and on promoting women in science in the context of the revised Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers. The video of the roundtable is available online in English and French.

09:30 - Welcome coffee

10:00- Welcome Remarks

  • Flavia Schlegel
    Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • 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
    Co-founder, Coalition digitale
  • Clarisse Angelier
    Déléguée générale, Association nationale de la recherche et de la technologie (ANRT)
  • Pascal Griset
    Director, Institute for Communication Sciences, CNRS/ University of Paris Sorbonne
  • Hana Y. AlSyead
    Vice-President, Diversity and Chairwoman Steering Committee Olayan Women

Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

  • Presentation:
    Nada Al-Nashif
    Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Discussion:
    Jean-Paul Lainé
    President, World Federation of Scientific Workers (WFSW)

Closing remarks

  • Saniye Gülser Corat
    Director, Gender Equality Division, UNESCO

Concept note (pdf)

UNESCO's celebrations around the world

05 February 2018
Serasa Experian Headquarters, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Organized by UN Women, UNESCO and Serasa Experian. 

15 February 2018

The celebration will begin with an inaugural event that will take place on February 15, 2018 at 9 am in the auditorium Danilo Jiménez of the INA. There will be two lectures from Dra. Sindy Chaves and Sandra Cauffman.
Activities will be carried out in schools to allow students learn about the work of successful scientists.
More information

Friday, 9 February, 10:00 to 14:00, Trieste, Italy
ICTP Reading Room, Leonardo Building
Visit an exhibit of statistics, success stories, and strategies regarding women in science. Cookies, stickers, and a mad scientist-themed carnevale photo booth also await!

Friday, 9 February, 10:00 to 11:00, Trieste, Italy
ICTP Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Secondary-school students will meet with ICTP and SISSA post-docs, who will describe why they are scientists and what they do day to day, in addition to answering students’ questions about challenges and opportunities in science careers.
More information

12 February 2018
UN Complex in Gigiri

Organised by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in partnership with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE- Africa), Microsoft Kenya, African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE), the Ministry of Education together with other key stakeholders and partners in gender equality and women’s empowerment in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The event is all about inspiring women and girls to see the tremendous opportunities that exist in all the STEM fields. This year’s commemoration will also examine the need for policy changes at all levels to address the gender imbalance that exists in scientific fields, as well as in other key areas including engineering, mathematics and cutting-edge innovative technology.
More information

Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development

08 - 09 February 2018
UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Science Centres and Science Museums celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

 11 February 2018, 15:00 (UTC/GMT)

Science centres and science museums from around the world will webcast live shows highlighting women's achievements in science, including the "Girls of Tomorrow" programme from South Africa, Mary Walton's science race with Thomas Edison (New York Transit Museum) and the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (The Bakken, Miineapolis).