February 11, 2021
Science, Technology, and Innovation. A project of the Global Girls Collaborative and Futuristas.
Women and Girls in Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On 11 February celebrations take place around the world, recognizing the critical role that girls and women play in advancing STEM and advocating for greater progress on gender equality in the STEM sector. Some of the events that take place on the day, and over the course of the month, are highlighted below. A wealth of resources and profiles of phenomenal girls and women are being shared on social media using the hashtags: #womeninscience, #girlsinstem, and #womeninSTEM.

Webinar: Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11, 2021, 4:00 AM Pacific / 7:00 AM Eastern / 1:00 PM Paris
This year’s celebration will address the theme “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”, and gather experts working in fields related to the pandemic from different parts of the world. Register

6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly Live Stream
Virtual from United Nations Headquarters: February 11, 2021
The 6th Assembly theme is "Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society", with a focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in science, technology and innovation to enhance sustainable development programs.

The Assembly will feature Our Blind Fellow Scientists, through a High-level panel entitled Writing Science in Braille. The panel aims to raise the international community’s attention towards the rights of blind and visually impaired individuals - particularly women and girls - in science, education and literacy, equal opportunities, as well as their inclusion in sustainable development programs as agents of change, not only its beneficiaries. The event will broadcast live on UN Web TV.
Program Spotlight
The Year of Nature

2021 marks a number of important events that, postponed from 2020, make it a critical Year of Nature. Building on momentum from 2020, this year includes the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity, and the global meetings of parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In addition, this is the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

As noted by UN Climate Change, “the UN Secretary General has called 2021 ‘the year to reconcile humanity with nature.’ While we have been abusing our planet as if we had a spare one, he said, ‘nature is striking back’, with record-high temperatures and collapsing biodiversity. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, provides an opportunity to change course: ‘With smart policies and the right investments, we can chart a path that brings health to all, revives economies, builds resilience and rescues biodiversity,’ he said, citing nature-based solutions such as Africa’s Great Green Wall as being especially promising. At the One Planet Summit, a new 'High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People' was launched.“

Around the world, girls and young women have been at the forefront of large and frequent protests and on the ground efforts to rescue our planet. It is important that the young women that are leading the fight become future decision makers and that their work receives recognition and investment by the international community – from education, to careers, to capital, to power. This is especially critical for girls and women’s participation in front-line communities in managing natural resources, and mitigation of and adaption to climate change and ecological collapse.
 
There are a number of youth networks that are involved in advocacy, highlighting success stories of young people taking action, demanding a “seat at the table”, and building young people’s capacities. These represent broad opportunities for young women to learn, connect, act, contribute to essential change, and gain recognition for their work. Many of these global networks also have regional branches or are comprised of smaller organizations from around the world where girls and young women can get directly involved. Below are a few examples to share with your network:
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Youth4Nature
Youth4Nature envisions a world where communities thrive with nature across generations. Their objective is to empower young people to lead on nature for climate action through knowledge sharing, storytelling, and capacity building.
Youth in Landscapes
The Youth in Landscapes (YIL) Initiative is a partnership between the International Forestry Students’ Association, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development, the Global AgroEcology Alliance, and Youth4Nature who joined forces to deliver workshops, mentorship, training, and networking. Whether online or in-person, YIL programs connect, support, and inspire young people to step into courageous leadership.
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Global Youth Biodiversity Network
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of youth organizations and individuals from every global region who have united together with a common goal: preventing the loss of biodiversity and preserving Earth's natural resources. As the official group for youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, GYBN is committed to bringing the opinions and positions of young people into the political process; empowering young people to take action.
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YOUNGO - International Youth Climate Movement
YOUNGO is the official children and youth constituency of the United Nations Climate Change processes. They are a global network consisting of youth and youth organizations. They are highly engaged youths from all over the globe, passionate to make a change. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the YOUNGO Women and Gender Working Group had its first membership meeting for 2021 to strategize on activity plans for the year. Members are geared up to support the women, gender and climate action agenda. Join them on WhatsApp.
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Global Constituency of Youth for Environment
The Major Group of Children and Youth to UN Environment (UNEP-MGCY) a.k.a Global Constituency of Youth for Environment (GCYE) is a group of young individuals and youth organizations that work towards environmental conservation and the representation of young people's voices in governance and conservation processes. They bring together young people from different regions, ethnicity, and economic background and inspires them to take action locally, nationally, and internationally towards environmental conservation and environmental governance based on the interest of youth.
EVENTS
Girl Day: Introduce a Girl to Engineering   
February 25, 2021
Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to engage girls in engineering. Engineers, educators, and others act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and educate girls about how engineers change our world. Sign up to be a (virtual) role model. DiscoverE provides resources to plan Girl Day activities, online training for volunteers, and tips for starting conversations about engineering.
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2021 International Women in Aviation Conference
Virtual: March 11-12, 2021
The 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will include inspiring keynote speakers, professional development seminars, education sessions, virtual exhibit hall, and scholarship awards. Learn more.
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2021 ECSITE Conference
Virtual: June 9-11, 2021
The European science engagement conference is open to all professionals who engage audiences with science and technology. The conference will take place online and will aim to offer 100 inspiring sessions, debates, workshops, a range of unique cultural events and unparalleled networking opportunities. Registration opens mid-March 2021. Learn more.
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NCGS Virtual Conference Girls’ Schools: Building Communities of Belonging
Virtual: June 21-23, 2021
Join educators, researchers, advocates, authors, practitioners, and related-industry leaders from across the globe dedicated to working with girls and young women. This is a valuable opportunity to contribute to the expanding portfolio of best practices about teaching a diverse population of girls in an inclusive manner and to help facilitate conversations among peers and colleagues. More information.
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International STEM in Education Conference
Virtual: July 5-9, 2021
The 2021 conference theme "Changing the Story", provides opportunities to highlight and examine STEM Education that complements common themes of improving academic performance and/or directing students into STEM fields and careers. The theme encourages highlighting STEM Education research that breaks new ground and offers new directions for innovative research, research methodologies, and teaching approaches. Learn more.
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Network Gender & STEM Conference
July 29-31, 2021
Sydney, Australia
This conference brings together researchers, educators, policymakers, industry representatives, and the public to interrogate person- in-context influences towards, or away from, diverse STEM pathways across stages and settings. Early bird registration ends March 15, 2021. Learn more.
RESOURCES
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants connects classrooms with guest speakers and virtual field trips from individuals, organizations, and institutions around the world. The primary focus is science, exploration, and conservation and the secondary purpose is to fund innovative research, conservation, and expeditions. Live events are available through their YouTube channel. Use the search term "women" to find events that include women in science and exploration.
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Keeping Girls in the Picture: #LearningNeverStops
Over 11 million girls may not return to school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This alarming number not only threatens decades of progress made towards gender equality, but also puts girls around the world at risk of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, and violence. This is why UNESCO and the Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship are launching a new #LearningNeverStops campaign focusing on ‘keeping girls in the picture.’ The campaign calls for efforts to safeguard progress made on girls’ education, ensure girls’ learning continuity during school closures, and promote girls’ safe return to school once these reopen. It also sheds light on the 130 million girls who were already out of school before the pandemic, and calls on the international community to urgently work together to guarantee their right to education.
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Space4Women Network
The Space4Women Network is a mentoring platform that promotes gender equality and empowerment in the space sector. Everyone with an interest in space and a willingness to support women and girls in space education and careers is welcome to submit an application to become part of the Network - either as a mentor or a mentee seeking career and educational advice and support. Mentors are selected from leaders and professionals in the space industry and represent a variety of fields and geographic regions. Mentors are involved in a number of initiatives aimed at advocacy, increasing access to education and professional opportunities, raising awareness, inspiring women and girls through personal stories, and career coaching.
STARportal
The STARportal is Australia’s first centralised national portal for exciting and engaging STEM activities from around the country. This searchable database connects parents, students and teachers with their local and online STEM activities in real time.
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Towards an equal future: Reimagining girls’ education through STEM
This report calls attention to the potential of STEM education to transform gender norms in education, to improve quality learning opportunities for girls, and to highlight key actions to accelerate girls’ transition between education and technical expert jobs in STEM industries. Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are exacerbating gender and other inequalities – and disproportionately affecting women and girls in all countries. As the world responds to these crises, there is a need for STEM knowledge and skills. There is also a steep price of excluding girls and women from participating in scientific and technological solutions that could save lives. These crises could also be opportunities for innovation and education, which we need to explore for the sake of girls.
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