International day of women and girls in science | Hamro Patro

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International day of women and girls in science

Most of the countries in this world are guided by their periodic strategic plans and development goals, science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of these internationally agreed and declared development goals. Over the decades since the past century, the world has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet the arena of science and technology is not women-friendly. Let me bring evidence to that, globally there are less than 30% women researchers and female enrolment is significantly low in information technology (3 percent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 percent) engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 percent). (UNESCO Data 2014-2016)

To achieve the milestone of gender equality in science and technology and further achieve the empowerment of women and girls, the united nation general assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring February 11 as an International day of women and girls in science.  Women and girls occupy half of the world's population and, therefore half of its potential. UNESCO and UN Women collaborate with institutions & civil society organizations to promote girls in science. The theme of the year 2020 for the International day of women and girls in science is 'Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.'

To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Nepal is also gradually striding towards gender equality however gender-inclusive has always been a persistent challenge in Nepali society. The global gender index rank of 2016 ranks Nepal as 110th out of 144 nations on gender parity. Nepal has made significant improvements in minimizing gender gaps in political representation and leadership and economic activities, Nepal is ahead of India, China and Srilanka however it's still behind Bangladesh.

Nepal assimilates the fact that addressing gender parity is critical to ensuring a strong, cohesive and resilient society. Wishing you a very meaningful International day of women and girls in science. May we witness increasing female scientists, doctors, engineers, pilots, researchers, statisticians and every profession/ entrepreneurship related to science and technology.

Suyog Dhakal for Hamro Patro  

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