Meteorologist Claudia Riedl changing measurement equipment in the drill holes of the permafrost project Sonnblick observatory, Austria. Credit: WMO 

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    The full and equal participation of women and girls in science, technology and innovation is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Listen to our interview with the first Japanese woman in space, Dr. Chiaki Mukai.

    Dr Mukai was speaking on the sidelines of the panel discussion "Space for Women" organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). UNOOSA is headed by astrophysicist Simonetta Di Pippo, one of the few women leaders in the sector.

    "I'm fully convinced that diversity should not be an issue; diversity is an asset. What counts is the real merit of each of us," said Simonetta Di Pippo in a recent interview with UN News Centre.

    "Girls are equal to boys, they have the same skills…. Of course, it is evident that there are challenges for women to be accepted as equal contributors to scientific fields. But it is also evident that there have been big developments on this over the last 30 years or so, with more and more recognition of - and rewarding for - the skills and the contributions of women to science." Iphigenia Nadis, Scientific Affairs Officer in the Laboratory and Scientific Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    Within UNODC's scientific and forensic work - which is aimed at supporting Member States, and provided from its laboratory in Vienna - women scientists lead key efforts on the Office's relevant mandates. UNODC's scientific and forensic services include delivering guidance through best practice manuals, training and testing, thus contributing to the worldwide availability of quality forensic services. Its quality assurance programme raises the standard of forensic laboratories around the world, and its field test kits enable even the most remote outposts to detect illegal drugs and precursors.

    Read more including an interview with Angela Me, Chief of UNODC's Research and Trend Analysis Branch, and Iphigenia Nadis, Scientific Affairs Officer in UNODC's Laboratory and Scientific Section

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) promotes the involvement of women scientists in the IAEA's research programmes and technical cooperation as well as fostering the development of careers in nuclear science and technology for women. Find out more.


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