February 11, 2024


By 2023 Diana Award Recipient, Joy Offere from Nigeria

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, taking place annually on 11 February, celebrates women's impactful contributions to science while emphasising the need to encourage girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.).

The Significance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a global platform that is used to shed light on the gender disparities in S.T.E.M. fields. Despite notable advancements, women and girls’ underrepresentation in these disciplines still exist. This day emphasises breaking down barriers and providing equal opportunities for women and girls to thrive in science.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Why It Matters

Ensuring gender diversity in S.T.E.M. drives innovation and solves complex problems. Research consistently shows that diverse teams bring a more comprehensive range of perspectives, leading to more creative and effective solutions. However, a significant gender gap still exists in STEM-related professions. According to the United Nations, only 30% of researchers worldwide are women. This underrepresentation highlights the need for concerted efforts to encourage and support women and girls in pursuing S.T.E.M. careers.

Statistics on Gender Disparities in S.T.E.M.

The U.N. provides alarming statistics that underscore the urgency of addressing gender disparities in S.T.E.M. According to their data, women represent only 28% of science researchers globally, and this percentage is even lower in fields such as information and communication technology (I.C.T.), where only 3% of researchers are female.

These statistics emphasise the need for collective action to dismantle barriers that hinder the full participation of women and girls in S.T.E.M. disciplines. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science serves as a reminder that a diverse and inclusive scientific community is essential for tackling the world's most pressing challenges.

A dynamic school outreach program focused on fostering Design Thinking within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education

Shenovate's Impactful Work in Addressing the Gender Gap

Our organisation, Shevonate, is working tirelessly to lessen the gender gap in STEM. Shenovate empowers women and girls between the ages of 8 and 35 by providing education and tools that enable them to explore and excel in S.T.E.M. fields.

Annually, Shenovate positively influences over 5000 lives, contributing to closing the gender gap in technology. The organisation envisions a future where women confidently tackle real-world problems within their communities through technical solutions.

Shenovate's initiatives encompass educational programs, mentorship opportunities, and the provision of resources that equip women and girls with the skills and confidence needed to pursue S.T.E.M. careers. By actively engaging with schools, communities, and various stakeholders, Shenovate is catalysing a positive change in the representation of women in science and technology.

A gathering within the community bringing together girls and young women for an inspirational session on career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Actions You Can Take

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a call to action for everyone to contribute to the goal of gender equality in S.T.E.M. Here are some ways individuals and organisations can make a difference:

  1. Promote Awareness: Share information about the day on social media, organise events, and engage in conversations to raise awareness about the importance of women and girls in science.
  2. Support Initiatives: Contribute to organisations like Shenovate, who are actively working to bridge the gender gap in S.T.E.M. By supporting educational programs, mentorship initiatives, and resources, you can play a part in empowering the next generation of female scientists.
  3. Encourage Girls to Explore S.T.E.M.: Inspire and support young girls in exploring their interests in S.T.E.M. subjects. Provide access to resources, role models, and educational opportunities that can nurture their curiosity and passion for science.
  4. Advocate for Inclusivity: Advocate for policies and practices that promote inclusivity and gender equality in S.T.E.M. workplaces and educational institutions. Encourage diversity in hiring and educational programs to create environments where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.

In conclusion, The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a powerful reminder to address gender disparities in S.T.E.M. and create a more inclusive and diverse scientific community. By celebrating the achievements of women in science, donating and supporting organisations like Shenovate, and actively working towards equal opportunities, we can pave the way for a future where all individuals, regardless of gender, can contribute to and benefit from advancements in science and technology. Together, we can empower tomorrow's innovators and ensure the unleashing of the full potential possessed by women and girls in science.

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