On Thurdsay, 9 February, leaders of international organizations, national governments, research universities and other educational institutions gathered at UNESCO headquarters in Paris to observe the second annual International Day for Women and Girls in Science. The day's programme, which focused around the theme of “Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media,” included a roundtable discussion on "Women, Science and Society - The Facts," with GenderInSITE director Alice Abreu, UNESCO Natural Sciences Programme Specialist Anathea Brooks, Caroline Ciuciu, Director General of t he European Petrochemical Association, Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality Policies in Sciencle, Technology and Innovation, and Christine Dalmazzone, research engineer at IFP Energies nouvelles. The roundtable was moderated by Ulrika Ferenius, Deputy Permanent Delgate of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO.
OWSD Coordinator Tonya Blowers also participated in a discussion on "Beyond the numbers - building capacity and empowering women and girls." This session was moderated by Cvetan Cvetkovski, Senior Planning and Programme Officer in the Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO and also included panellists Annie Black, Director of Sponsorship and Foundation – Axe Science, L’Oréal Foundation, Justine Sass , Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality at UNESCO, Hema Vallabh, Co-founder of WomEng, and Rima Haddad, Assistant Professor of Biology at University Paris-Sud.
See the final programme as well as photos from the event below.