The United Nations set apart the 11th of February every year as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in order to combat the various challenges that face the female gender in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) fields. This is based on the long-standing biases that have existed among the male and female gender in the science field.
Globally, United Nations Education and Cultural Organization recorded between the years 2014 to 2016 that only 30 per cent of women select fields of study related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) for their higher education. The reports show that 3% are into ICT, 5% in natural sciences and 8% into manufacturing, engineering and construction fields.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was created majorly to address the issue of gender inequality in the science field; the day purposes to inspire and encourage women and girls to be more involved in sciences globally especially women and girls in the developing countries of the world where some types of jobs are categorized as meant only for the male gender.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrates the women and girls in sciences on this day for their efforts in improving our world. We hereby use this opportunity to appeal to all Governments, Parents, Educational Institutions and other stakeholders to create more opportunities to inspire women and girls to engage more in the STEM fields since the world can only become a peaceful and secure place when all potentials are duly utilized.