girls in science-01Today, women and girls often find themselves marginalised and underrepresented in science and technology. This disparity spans everything from the encouragement to enter these fields, to enrollment in higher education programmes, hiring, mentorship, earnings, funding for projects and research, and published articles.

Technology is essential to advance gender equality and women’s rights and to empower young women and girls globally because it transcends the physical, cultural and social barriers that can impede access to opportunities. This is why the YWCA movement uses innovative technology around the world in our advocacy related to Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights and Child Early and Forced Marriage.

We need to change this gender inequality. By empowering more women and girls to acquire skills in science and technology, we will increase the number of innovative solutions available to address community needs, create jobs, improve livelihoods, and ultimately realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

We appreciate the strong role that governments such as Finland and Tanzania, and organisations such as the ITU, are playing in raising awareness of this issue and prioritising investments in girls and ICT. This is particularly important for empowering women and girls in countries in post-conflict situations.

Key Recommendations:

  • Encourage girls and young women to pursue education and careers in science and technology;
  • Promote equal opportunities for the existing women in science and technology, giving them adequate support, mentorship, funding and visibility;
    • Ensure equal access to vocational skills, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in science and technology for all young women and girls and help them successfully transition from education to work;
    • Ensure women, young women and girls are at the centre of economic recovery initiatives in post-conflict and reconstruction situations, through access to practical training and education, and support for entrepreneurial opportunities, including in science and technology fields; and
    • Diversify vocational and technical training to incorporate more training on information and communication technology (ICT).

Learn more on the official page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science