11 February 2024
Across the globe, women and girls are making remarkable contributions to scientific research, innovation, and discovery. From pioneering groundbreaking medical treatments to exploring the depths of space, women scientists are at the forefront of some of the most significant advancements in human history.
Today, on February 11th, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day dedicated to recognizing the achievements of women and girls in the field of science and encouraging their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
This year's theme, "Closing the Gender Gap in Science: Accelerating Action" (UNESCO) underscores the importance of challenging stereotypes and biases that have historically hindered women and girls from pursuing careers in science. By empowering and supporting women and girls in STEM fields and providing them with opportunities we can unlock their full potential and harness their talents to address pressing global challenges, such as climate change, public health, and technological innovation.
Celebrating the achievements of women scientists, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science also serves as a call to action to address the persistent gender disparities that continue to exist in STEM fields. Despite progress in recent years, women remain underrepresented in many scientific disciplines, particularly at higher levels of leadership and decision-making. To address these challenges, governments, academic institutions, and industry leaders must work together to implement policies and initiatives that promote gender equality and create a supportive environment for women and girls in science.
The European Vaccine Initiative (EVI) comprises a varied and worldwide team of female scientists who devote their careers to facilitating the advancement of secure and efficient vaccinations. EVI's primary objective is to promote equality by ensuring universal access to life-saving vaccinations and eliminating life threatening diseases.
Let's applaud the women and girls who are making waves in the world of science and pledge to support and empower the next generation of trailblazers.
Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!