To recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, the United Nations Member States established an annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. This year we celebrated the Day in cooperation with the Information Centre of the UN in Prague. With a hashtag campaign titled My favourite woman researcher (in Czech #mojeoblibenavedkyne), we asked people to take a photo of themselves with a picture bearing the name of their favourite woman researcher and post it on our Facebook.
There were over hundred participants and 700 likes of the Facebook page. The group of the participants could not be more diverse. They included researchers, students of science subjects, journalists, representatives of embassies, and writers. To name a few: the head of the Czech Academy of Sciences Eva Zažímalová, minister of education, sports and youth Kateřina Valachová, Chargé d’affaires of the French embassy Marianne Carré, many employees of the US Embassy in Prague and others.