Women and Girls in Science 2021

اليوم العالمي للأمم المتحدة للمرأة والفتاة في العلوم


United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science

INTERNATIONAL ONLINE CONFERENCE         Thursday 11th February 2021

(10:00 to 14:00) Khartoum (09:00 to 13:00) Paris (08:00 to 12:00) London

Venue: Vice Chancellor Office, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan

Hosted by WASD in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Women, Science and TechnologyUNESCO Khartoum Office; UNESCO L’oryeal Programme; The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO); Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Sudan Knowledge (SK).
Target audience: Academics, researchers, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, Women, Youth, students, private sector, business, SMEs, and other stakeholders.

To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.
António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

In celebration of the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and UNESCO Chair in  Women, Science and Technology are working together to meaningful and self-led women learnership in science and technology and youth-engagement across the world. WASD organizes several initiatives and activities including the celebration of “International Women’s day” which is celebrated across the world to show the remarkable achievements of women to the society particularly in the field of science and technology. The UNESCO chair established in 2003 to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of Women, Science and technology. 

Focus: The conference will explore the role of various institutions particularly academic and research institutions to enable women and girls across the world (more focus on DCs) reap the benefits form the global growth in the digital economy particularly in STI. Clearly, women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development in the world, but challenges remain. And so, reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment. The conference will therefore aims to provoke forward thinking on the role of science, innovation and research in solving global problems related to sustainability as well as the potential of Industry 4.0 for the implementation of SDGs. While it is largely argued that Industry 4.0 has the potential to produce innovative solutions to global issues but the problematique of managing science, innovation and research for SD is strongly influenced by the institutional culture in which international discussions have taken place. 

The conference brings together senior and high level intellectual and practice-based contributors who will help develop a framework for the analysis of the role of women in achieving sustainable inclusive development and help policy-makers to constructs an “ideal role” for women and girls in science and technology. You can browse here keynote speakers from our previous international conferences. We are also very keen to publish special issues focusing on our conference theme and encourage participants to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience. Selected papers will be included in WASD refereed international journals: World Journal of Women and Sustainable Development (WJWSD) and World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD).