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For more than 49 years, the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) is working on Empowered Women in Science
through Education, Employment and Recognition.
For example, through its scholarship program, RASIT served and well prepared more than 10,500 female students from developing
countries, and established the First International League for Women in Science.
In 2015, RASIT brought an International recognition for women and girls in science.
The idea for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science was generated during the first High-Level World Women's Health and
Development Forum organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and The United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs, and held on 11th February 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters.
Following outreach to many partners and stakeholders at all levels and with RASIT’s partnership with the Ministry for Social Dialogue,
Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, the Republic of Malta, a milestone year was reached in which the 70th Session of the United
Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (70/212) proclaiming February 11th annually the International Day of Women and Girls
in Science. The sponsorship of more than 68 countries and the approval of all Member States to the resolution signals the global
community's interest in transforming our world through achieving gender parity in educational opportunity and scientific participation.
RASIT organized the First Commemoration in collaboration with UN DESA, and the Second Commemoration, with collaboration with
the Ministry of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta. Both events held at the at the United Nations
Headquarters, with participation by UN Member States, the two focal points of UNESCO and UN Women, UN DESA, private sector,
academia, and other civil society actors, including girls in science and a special introduction of a "He for She" element.
RASIT has turned a dream into reality, and now is moving from reality into years of implementation, measurement and strong
commitment to support women and girls in science and science education for the SDGs and beyond.
RASIT is now working beyond commemorating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In fact, RASIT is working to
address the problem in all its aspects and to solve it, and to creating history now rather than waiting for history to be created later by
In Partnership with the Council of Baltic Sea States Secretariat, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and
a group of International Women in Science, Universities, Private Sector, Education and Science, and Women Organizations from
around the world, RASIT established the first Global Campaign for Women and Girls in Science: The Science Princess Campaign: A
|Global Campaign for Women & Girls in Science
|Building a Momentum for Equality and Parity in Science