Today is the Third International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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A two-day conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters, hosted by Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli, commemorating the third International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘equality and parity in science for peace and development.’
The Minister, in her opening remarks, welcomed the continuous growth of this conference year on year.
She also shared Malta’s experience in its efforts to place women at the centre of the pharmaceutical sciences, which the Minister explained was through collaboration between industry, Malta’s Medicines Authority, and the University of Malta.
A number of the countries present “commended Malta for leading the way in bringing the discussion on gender disparities in the area of sciences on the agenda of the United Nations,” the Minister said.
The conference adopted an outcome document in which signatories from twenty-two UN member states pledged to work towards the effective empowerment of women and girls at all levels, including as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in science, technology, and innovation.
In her closing speech, Minister Dalli urged the participating states and organisations to put the conclusions of the outcome document into practice by providing the necessary support structures for women and girls to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.
She noted how initiatives like free childcare and other family-friendly measures contribute to helping women pursue their potential for the benefit of humanity.
Minister Dalli also pointed out that while gender disparities know no borders, there is a growing global movement which is ready to fight gender stereotypes in the pursuit of gender equality.
This special day is celebrated annually on the 11th of February, following a resolution put forward by Malta which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015.