Guterres: Gender Bias in Science Limits the Contribution of Great Talent

UNESCO and UN Women have chosen the theme of “Closing the Gender Gap in Science” for this year’s International Day. The Secretary-General of the United Nations has emphasized the importance of equal participation of women and girls in scientific discoveries and innovations. He pointed out that women only make up a third of the global scientific community, receive less funding compared to men, are underrepresented in publications, and hold fewer senior positions in major universities.

The Secretary-General believes that addressing gender inequalities requires overcoming gender stereotypes, promoting role models to encourage girls to pursue scientific careers, developing programs to advance women in science, and creating work environments that nurture women’s talents, especially those from minority groups. He stated that women and girls belong in science and it is time to recognize that inclusion fosters innovation.

UNESCO’s Call for Action provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root causes of gender-based inequalities in science. This aligns with SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality, which aims to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, eliminate harmful practices such as early and forced marriages and female genital mutilation, and provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health care. Globally, almost half of all married women currently lack decision-making power over their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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