Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli hosted a two-day conference at the United Nations Headquarters commemorating the third International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is celebrated annually on 11 February, following a resolution put forward by Malta which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘equality and parity in science for peace and development’. In her opening remarks, the Minister welcomed the continuous growth of this conference year on year. Minister Dalli also shared Malta’s experience in its efforts to place women at the centre of the pharmaceutical sciences through collaboration between industry, Malta’s Medicines Authority, and the University of Malta.
During the conference a number of countries commended Malta for leading the way in bringing the discussion on gender disparities in the area of sciences on the agenda of the United Nations.
The conference adopted an outcome document in which signatories from twenty-two UN member states pledged to work towards the effective empowerment of women and girls at all levels, including as users, content creators, employees, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in science, technology, and innovation.
Minister Dalli closed the conference by urging the participating states and organisations to put the conclusions of the outcome document into practice by providing the necessary support structures for women and girls to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology. She noted how initiatives like free childcare and other family-friendly measures contribute to helping women pursue their potential for the benefit of humanity. Minister Dalli also stated that while gender disparities know no borders, there is a growing global movement which is ready to fight gender stereotypes in the pursuit of gender equality.