International day of women and girls in science
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 11th as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The objective of this celebration is to promote gender equality in the field of science with the aim of having a diversity of perspectives for new research.
Even though the inequality gap in terms of women’s participation in science has been shortening, according to UNESCO, less than 30% of scientific researchers in the world are women. For this reason, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, is a recognition of the struggle of women and their role in the history of science.
In the CEMarin, women have a fundamental role. The Corporation currently has 36 researchers, many of them leading research groups in prestigious universities in the country. In addition, the Center of Excellence supports 14 early stage researchers, which will surely be the future of marine sciences in Colombia.
Being the fifth anniversary of this international day, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, published the following message
“To face the immense challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to technological disorders – we need science and all the necessary energy and, therefore, the world cannot deprive itself of the potential, intelligence and creativity of the miles of women who are victims of inequalities or deep-seated prejudices.
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UNESCO calls on the international community, the United States each person to mobilize in order to realize equality, both in the field of science and in other fields Humanity can only win, just like science.”