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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Women in space industry working 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.

This Saturday, 11 February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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First all-female UN police unit leaves Liberia

An all-female UN police unit from India is leaving Liberia on Sunday after nine years of helping to stabilize the country. It was the first force of its kind in the history of United Nations peacekeeping operations. A bloody civil war in the country that began in late 1989, claimed the lives of over 150,000 people, mostly civilians. Daniel Dickinson has the story.

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“Everyone benefits” when women work in science

When women are given career opportunities in maths and science fields, everyone benefits.

That’s according to some attendees at the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science held recently at UN headquarters in New York.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known by the acronym, STEM, have in many countries traditionally been dominated by men.

The UN is hoping that will change.