Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment through and for Science

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment through and for Science

9 February 2018, Paris, France

This event, organized in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, will bring together representatives of scientific institutions, international organisations, NGOs and tech businesses to analyse the current situation and identify effective ways to empower women through and for science.

The discussions will focus on the gender gap in computer science, and on promoting women in science in the context of the revised Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers.

Science-related fields will continue play a crucial role for Sustainable Development and we simply cannot afford leaving behind the full potential for creation and innovation that women can bring.

The under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) translates into the loss of a critical mass of talent, thoughts and ideas, which hinders countries from reaching their maximum development potential.

Women represent a minority in research and at high levels of responsibility in science both in academia and in decision-making processes. Girls continue to be subject to social and cultural restrictions in some communities, while in others, their access to education, to science and to funding for research continues to hamper their advancement and to prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Promoting the participation of women and girls in science means changing mindsets, fighting gender stereotypes and biases that limit girls’ horizons, expectations and professional goals since their early childhood.

Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and French During the event.


Welcome Remarks

  • Audrey Azoulay
    Director-General, UNESCO
  • Alexandra Palt
    Executive Vice President, L’Oréal Corporate Foundation

Master of ceremony: Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO

Round table: “Closing the gender gap in computer sciences” 
Moderator: Ulrika Ferenius, Deputy Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO

Video: Cracking the Code


  • Inés Novella
    UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Regina Agyare
    founder, Soronko Solutions, Ghana – Kathleen Noonan, Director of Philanthropies & Education Communications Europe, Microsoft
  • Reine Essobmadje
    Coalition digitale – Clarisse Angelier, Déléguée générale, ANRT

Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

  • Presentation:
    Nada Al-Nashif
    Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Discussion:
    Representative from Fédération Mondiale des Travailleurs Scientifiques- World Federation of Scientifics Workers (FMTS-WFSW)

Closing remarks

  • Saniye Gülser Corat
    Director, Gender Equality Division, UNESCO
  • Flavia Schlegel
    Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO


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