Genetic Resoursces & Research

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project: Fostering science-based opportunities for women and girls

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project: Fostering science-based opportunities for women and girls

11 Feb 2019

Genetic Resoursces & Research

Ensuring full and equal access and participation for girls and women in science continues to be an important challenge in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. Long-standing gender biases not only steer girls away from science but prolong gender-based stereotypes worldwide.

According to UNESCO data (2014-2016), less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women while only 30 per cent of all female students at higher education levels select Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields as their career choices. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in information and communication technology (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 %).

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General states: “The world cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half our population. We need concerted efforts to overcome these obstacles. We must tackle misconceptions about girls’ abilities. We must promote access to learning opportunities for women and girls, particularly in rural areas. And we must do more to change workplace culture so that girls who dream of being scientists, engineers and mathematicians can enjoy fulfilling careers in these fields”.

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project celebrates the effort and dedication of all scientific girls and women that in one way or another contribute with the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, ensuring gender equality and the equitable access and participation in the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, setting role models for future generations.

Meet the scientific women that take part of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project here. To learn more about how the project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, stay tuned and join the Global ABS Community, a platform that promotes a global cooperation framework on ABS.

Watch here the messages sent by:

Ms Tsholofelo Dichaba, member of the Global ABS Project as Programme Coordinator at Cesrlki, University of Botswana.

Cristiana Cruz Mernier, Biologist and Master on Environmental Sciences, Dominican Republic.

Gulnara Sytpayeva, General Director of the Institute of Botanic and Phytointroduction, Kazakhstan.

Hildaura Acosta de Patiño, Director of the CIIMET at Panama University, Panama.

Béatrice Cyiza, ABS National Focal Point, Rwanda Environment Management Authority and Aloysie Manishimwe, Assistant lecturer Environment Department, University of Rwanda.

Gardenia Su´a, Research Scientist of the Research organisation of Samoa.

Tojiniso Zubaydoba, Head of Department in the State Institute of Gastroenterology of the Republic of Tajikistan.

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