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UN Gender Special: Women and Girls in Science

UN Gender Special: Women and Girls in Science


International Day for women in science was “best present”: Iraqi princess

The adoption of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science by the UN General Assembly was the “best present” ever given to women in the field. That’s the passionate view of Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite of Iraq, who is Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust. Exactly two years on from the launch of that international day, marked on 11 February, she was back at UN Headquarters to celebrate the powerful impact that it has, providing role models for girls looking to enter the sciences. Princess Nisreen spoke to Mustafa Al Gamal.

Space for Women: Sandy Magnus, Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Simonetta Di Pippo,Laura Jamschon Mac Garry, and Chiaki Mukai. Photo: UNIS-Vienna/Nikoleta Haffar.

Women in space industry highlight need to bridge gender gap in science

American astronaut Peggy Whitson is making history as the first woman ever to command two missions aboard the International Space Station. However, back on Earth, the UN is concerned that comparatively few women are launching careers in the space sector or studying the so-called STEM subjects, that is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Dianne Penn reports on a panel discussion organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) looking at ways to get more women into STEM and into space.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10'00

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UN Photo/Mark Garten