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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Dakar, 9th of February 2017 - The UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Dakar will celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by organizing a Workshop on Gender and Science, in partnership with, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, NATCOM, SONATEL, Associations of Women and the Senegalese Federation of UNESCO’s Clubs in Dakar the 11th of February 2017.

« This International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an opportunity for all to take a stand for girls and women in science. Meaningful progress must start with the rights and dignity of women, by nurturing their ingenuity and innovation. » This message, delivered by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, is an invitation to engage Governments and stakeholders in promoting the full participation of girls and women in science.

Senegal has been making a lot of strides in developing its national science and technology system in an inclusive manner. Despite the abundant and encouraging signs of progress, women are still underrepresented in the sciences in Senegal and account for only 24.9% of those involved in research in Senegal compared with about 30% of researchers worldwide. The gap is further accentuated by the fact that very few women occupy decision-making positions according to the data of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Gender equality is a global priority at UNESCO, and the promotion of women and girls in science is at the heart of this action. The celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on the 11 of February 2017, through this workshop, aims to further demonstrate UNESCO’s commitment to promoting the empowerment of girls and women through and in Science, as one of the keys to success for the 2030 Program for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objective of this workshop on gender and science is to promote and encourage women and girls to take an interest in science, technology and innovation (STI), while presenting the situation, in terms of policy on gender equality in STI, in Senegal, in order to empower and foster capacity building of the national policy on the empowerment of girls and women through and in science.

A press point will take place at 10 am on the 11th of February 2017, at the UNESCO Office in Dakar.

For more information about the workshop content and agenda please contact:
Anthony Maduekwe: a.maduekwe@unesco.org
Ornella Tchanque: o.tchanque@unesco.org

Press contact:
Marion Piccio: m.piccio@unesco.org

Bureau Régional Multisectoriel de l’UNESCO
Almadies, Route de la plage de Ngor
BP 3311 – Dakar, Sénégal
Tel.: +221 33 864 96 00

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