“Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”
That is the theme for this year’s observance of International Day Of Women and Girls In Science, as the Federation joins the world in celebration of the day.
It was observed on February 11th, 2021.
Also, the purpose of the day is to achieve full and equal access to and the participation in science for women and girls.
The abovementioned includes: Nurses, Doctors etc. These are also dubbed “Frontline workers”, who must physically show up to their jobs, as they are essential to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to un.org, less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women.
UNESCO data reveals (2014 – 2016), only around 30 percent of all female students select Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM-related) fields in higher education.
Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in ICT (3 percent), Natural Science, Mathematics and Statistics (5 percent) and in Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction (8 percent).
Meanwhile, here in St. Kitts and Nevis, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) on its Facebook page said in light of the day, “we celebrate the women in our families and communities who play a critical role within the fields of science and technology… …