The Second Commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust and the Ministry of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta, took place on 10 February at the United Nations Headquarters. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations addressed the commemorative event.

The full-day conference was dedicated this year to the topic of “Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media - From Vision to Action”, and was opened by Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta; Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, and Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at UNWOMEN.

The session gathered member state representatives, UN officials, policy makers, scientists, educators, students, private sector representatives and civil society to discuss policy strategies and exchange best practices aimed at the empowerment of women and girls in science and its positive impact on the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

As a speaker at the event, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay underlined the obstacles women face due to stereotypes, shared her experience in working with and inside the media sector. She underlined the important role of women in scientific innovation, and presented Hungarian policies and best practices on raising awareness on and addressing the gender gap in the technology, engineering and mathematics sector (STEM). Ms Bogyay encouraged girls and young women – participating at the conference in great number - to take initiative and pursue their goals with perseverance.

To read the full speech of the Ambassador, please click here.