March 4, 2024 10:47 am
Guterres: Gender Bias in Science Limits the Contribution of Great Talent

The Secretary-General highlighted the systemic barriers and biases that prevent women and girls from pursuing careers in science. 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. In some places, women and girls have limited or no access to education, which he described as a violation of human rights.

In his message for the day, the Secretary-General emphasized the importance of having women and girls participate equally in scientific discoveries and innovations. He stated 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.

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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