The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. www.ung.org
This DAY is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
WOMEN IN SCIENCE
“Women and men tend to take different career paths and the research field is no exception. Overall, women account for a minority of the world’s researchers. Despite the growing demand for cross nationally comparable statistics on women in science, national data and their use in policymaking often remain limited.”
Global and regional profiles pinpointing where women thrive in this sector and where they are under-represented.” From UNESCO, December 2012, Nº 23
Researchers are defined as professionals engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge, products, processes, methods and systems, as well as in the management of these projects (Frascati Manual, 2002).
“The vast majority of data are presented in headcounts (HC), which are the total number of persons employed in R&D. This includes staff employed both full-time and part-time. The regional averages (based on available data only) for 2009 are:
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
- By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.