In his opinion, women and girls also expand the pool of science professionals and provide fresh perspectives to science and technology, benefiting everyone.
“On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we highlight a simple equation: More women and girls in science equals better science,” said Guterres.
Guterres noted that women’s access to science education is limited or denied in many parts of the world, and also highlighted difficulties they face such as inequalities and discrimination in advancing their careers.
Even though more girls are in school today than ever before, women and girls are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Just one in three researchers is a woman, and women account for just 35% of graduates in STEM-related fields.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, pointed out that science must be equitable, diverse and inclusive and open to all people, especially women.