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UNESCO: Women Scientists and Gender Inequality and COVID-19

2021-02-21

A UNESCO report showed that women represent only a third of researchers in the world, and they occupy less positions in the most prestigious universities than men.

 

The report issued on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in the Field of Science, which falls on February 11 of each year, showed that women and girls avoid fields related to science because of gender stereotypes.

 

The report devotes a chapter to gender inequality in the field of science, indicating that women represent 28% of engineering graduates, and 40% of computer science and information technology graduates.

 

On the other hand, this year's International Day of Women and Girls in Science chose the topic “Women scientists at the forefront in facing the pandemic crisis.” Their strong presence shows the crucial role of female researchers.

 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations noted that the past year was marked by the increasing cases of gender inequality, as women had to deal with remote work. Female scientists had to deal with closed laboratories and greater responsibilities at home, which leaves them with less time for research.

 

In conclusion, the Secretary-General called for action to end gender inequality and to ensure that women and girls achieve all their potential and be an integral part of building a better world.

 

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