UN urges to increase the presence of women and girls in science | News

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Enhancing the participation of girls and women is a matter of justice, and for this the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) urged this Friday to increase the presence of women and girls in science "through scholarships, internships and training programs”.


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“On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we want to highlight a simple equation: science will be better when more women and girls participate in it,” said António Guterres.

The Secretary General affirmed that "sexist biases in science" deteriorate its results, including "drug tests that treat the female body as an aberration" and continuing with "search algorithms that perpetuate prejudices and discrimination ”.

When Gutérres pointed out that in too many places in the world the access of girls and women to scientific education is limited or denied, he appreciated that inequalities and discrimination prevent them from advancing in their careers.

According to UN data, reality shows that "less than a third of the workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are women, and the figure is even less in the sectors pointers”.

In this sense, the director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), Audrey Azoulay, pointed out that "science must be equitable, diverse and inclusive".

“If these gender inequalities are so important, it is because they are deeply rooted in our societies. They are due to the persistence of gender stereotypes and prejudices, which sometimes persuade girls that scientific studies are not for them, despite their enormous potential,” she said.

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