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Why we need to recognize women and girls in science

POSTED February 11, 2020

Why we need to recognize women and girls in science

Marking the importance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Women working in technology, science, math and engineering are published less, paid less for their research and don’t advance as far in their careers as men do, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), further showing why today’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science is so important.

“If we are to be able to address the enormous challenges of the 21st Century — from climate change to technological disruption — we will need to rely on science and the mobilization of all our resources,” said Audrey Azoulay, director-general, UNESCO. “It is for this reason the world must not be deprived of the potential, the intelligence, or the creativity of the thousands of women who are victims of deep-seated inequality and prejudice.”

And, as the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was conceived to advance women’s rights, there’s opportunity to spur further progress.

At Children Believe, we work to ensure girls have equal opportunities, helping them develop knowledge and leadership skills through clubs, child and youth groups and children’s networks.

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