International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science



11 February 2017
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in December 2015 to designate February 11 of each year as a day to recognize the achievements of  women and girls in science and technology. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science seeks to support and promote the access of women and girls to, and their participation in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The World Meteorological Organization shares this commitment to achieving gender equality and empowering women. It is working to mainstream gender in WMO governance, working structures, programmes and service delivery. WMO is also determined to attract more women in the fields of science and meteorology.

Women remain a minority in many areas of science, including meteorology, hydrology and climatology. Cultural and educational barriers have often stood in the way, but WMO and the United Nations system as a whole recognize the need to help both men and women to overcome these limitations on the full participation of women and girls in science. 

"From elementary school onward, young girls should be encouraged to explore careers in science," said WMO Deputy Secretary General Elena Manaenkova. "And once those who haven chosen science have entered the professions, they need to be able to overcome gender-based barriers to advancement."

More information about WMO's commitment to gender equality can be found at

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