On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognise the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology communities: “Girls continue to face stereotypes and social and cultural restrictions, limiting access to education and funding for research, preventing them from scientific careers and reaching their full potential. Women remain a minority in science research and decision-making”, wrote Irina Bukova, Director-General of the UNESCO. A celebration event took place on February 9th 2017 morning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, focusing on Building capacity and Empowering women and girls and on various actions on Women, Science and Society.
On 15 December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The United Nations invites all Member States including academia, individuals and society in general, to observe the International Day of Women and Girls in Science to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in education, training, employment and decision-making processes in the sciences.
Nominations are open for the 2013 “For Women in Science” L’OREAL-UNESCO Awards in the Physical Sciences. The five awards – of $100,000 each – are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to scientific advancement.
The awards will be presented in March next year, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. To date, the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards have recognised 72 eminent female scientists.
Nominations are limited to registered nominators. To apply to register, please email the award organisers…