Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, in 2015, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
This year, the international day will be celebrated with the Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development
Turkey’s Engineer Girls
The “Turkey’s Engineer Girls” Project, implemented in cooperation by the T.R. Ministry of Family and Social Policies, LIMAK Foundation and UNDP Turkey to increase women’s propensity to engineering fields and presence of women engineers in decision-making posts, was initiated in universities in 2016.
Recently, a pilot application “Turkey’s Engineer Girls, High School Program” in the context of the same project was initiated in Hatay. Aiming to promote gender equality in choosing professions, de-gendering the professions, raising the awareness of parents, students and teachers on the matter, and breaking the gender stereotypes, the main goal of the program is to strengthen and sustain the station of women in economy in the long run.