International Day of Women and Girls in Science is Feb. 11

United Nations Special Forum, Feb. 8–9

Once a month, NCFR will round up resources from the United Nations (U.N.) and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant to Family Science:

In a 2015 resolution based on the 2030 SDGs, the U.N. proclaimed Feb. 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This celebration recognizes the achievements of women in science, and recognizes steps that parents, educators, and institutions around the globe can take to encourage the participation of more women and girls in science. U.N. Headquarters in New York will observe this event a few days earlier with a two-day forum, Feb. 8–9, 2018. You can follow the event live on UN Web TV

Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, praised this opportunity in a written statement, saying  that “the world needs science and science needs women.” Ms. Bokova continued: “Girls and women must be empowered at every level, in learning and research, from administration to teaching, across all scientific fields.” Read the full statement here.

Find more about the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on the UN website, the official celebration website, and follow hashtag #WomenScienceDay on social media for more conversation as the day nears.


56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56)

The U.N. will wrap up the CSocD56 session at its New York Headquarters on Feb. 7, 2018. The agenda for this session includes reviewing U.N. plans and programs of action on the following topics: family issues and policies, aging, disabled persons, and youth. You can view webcasts and press releases that have been posted from this session on the U.N.'s website.

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