The 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

2022 Theme: “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us”

UN reports point out that billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services in 2030 unless access progress rates quadruple. Rising demand, poor management, and failure to conserve water resources, compounded by climate change, represent key challenges, urgently requiring a new sustainable holistic approach to support aligning strategies on water.

The 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly , taking place on 11 February 2022, in virtual format from UN Headquarters in New York, aims to recognize the role of women and girls in science, not only as beneficiaries, but also as agents of change, including in view of accelerating progress towards the achievement of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).

The 7th Assembly will bring together women in science and experts from around the world, high-level government officials, representatives of international organizations and the private sector to discuss the water nexus in achieving the three pillars of sustainable development, namely economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental integrity.

It will showcase best practices, strategies, applied solutions, and experiences in addressing the SDG6 challenges and opportunities through the Cansu Global Media Room.

It will also feature, for the first time, a unique Ebru Water Art Performance to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the #February11 Global Movement.

The 7th Assembly is co-organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the Permanent Missions of Cyprus, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Tajikistan to the United Nations.

It is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, San Marino, and Uzbekistan to the United Nations.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN-Water, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are also co-sponsors.

In fulfillment of its commitment to the UN International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development, RASIT launched a new global program called “Cansu Global”, looking at sustainable development through a water lens. Cansu Global provides bespoke solutions for complex water challenges in order to further economic prosperity, social justice and environmental integrity.

UN Member States are also taking action. For instance, Portugal is organizing a High-Level Symposium on Water during the 2nd UN Ocean Conference, which it is co-hosting with Kenya, in Lisbon, from 27 June to 1 July 2022, as a means of promoting an integrated vision of the water cycle. Tajikistan is holding the Second High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028, in June 2022, in Dushanbe.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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With Sustainable Development Goal 9, part of the Global Goals that world leaders agreed to in 2015 with a deadline of 2030, countries around the world have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let's change this narrative. Join us in celebrating women and girls, who are leading innovation and call for actions to remove all barriers that hold them back.

Join the conversation with #WomenInScience!

 

 

Past Observances

From facilitating the UNGA Resolution A/RES/70/212, to being the main coordinator of commemorating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the journey of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) continues to work with UN Member States, Inter-Governmental Organizations and the United Nations and its entities to achieve equality in science, technology, and innovation for socio-economic sustainable development in line with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

Sixth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society

With great momentum and interest to accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Global Goals, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly theme will be Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programmes.


Online11 Feb 2021

Fifth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation: Global Trends and Challenges

This forum brings together stakeholders from high-level government officials, representatives of international organisations, foundations, private sector, civil society as well as women in science experts from around the world.Discussion will focus on the interlinkages between gender inequality - specifically in science- digital and tech revolution, and agricultural sector for Sustainable Development.


New York11 Feb 2020

Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth

With great momentum and interest in how females can accelerate sustainable development, the 4th Assembly is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move investment in women in science for inclusive green growth into the mainstream discourse, and to identify implementation gaps and co-create action plans.


New York11 Feb 2019

Third International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development

The 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum aims to mobilize women in science expertise from a wide range of disciplines that can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. It will explore innovative ways to measure and assess data produced by International Organizations.


New York08-09 Feb 2018

Second International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media - From Vision to Action

The objective of the Forum is to explore ways in which both common global frameworks and regional, sub-regional, national, and local frameworks promote knowledge about and support for women and girls in science. The one-day Forum, will investigate ways in which all actors can work together to ensure that women and girls in science are perceived with dignity and recognized for their abilities.


New York10 Feb 2017

First International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Transforming the World Parity in Science

High-level Forum on the occasion of the first annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), in collaboration with the Division of Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).


New York11 Feb 2016