International Day Of Women And Girls In Science: Campaign

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, established by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 February, is to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Science and gender equality are both vital for sustainable development. Yet women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science: less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women.

This year the Centre for Gender and Science celebrated successes of global and Czech women researchers achieved in 2018. With a hashtag campaign titled #ZenyVeVede  (#WomenInScience), we asked people to name women researchers who achieved some kind of success and/or noted progress in their research in 2018.

There were over hundred participants, naming about 40 women researchers – from Nobel Prize winners to high school science students. Among the participants were for example the head of the Czech Academy of Sciences Eva Zažímalová, minister of education Robert Plaga, chairwomen of Czech Science Foundation Alice Valkárová, Forbes magazine editor-in-chief Petr Šimůnek, Swedish, British, American, French, Norwegian and Finnish embassies, majority of Czech universities, acclaimed researchers and academics, students, journalists and many others.