December 18, 2019
For Immediate Release
The 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being celebrated on Feb 11th, 2020 at the UN headquarters in New York. Dr Kamana Misra, Founder of ContraRx and the President for the New Jersey chapter for Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will be speaking on behalf of the AWIS.
Themed on “Equality in Science, Technology and Innovation: Global Trends and Challenges”, the panel will review national and regional policies, best practices, plans and programs of action pertaining to equality in science, technology and innovation; private investment policies supporting women R&D; investment in women R&D: corporate perspective; intellectual property and patenting: review of WIPO data and successful stories from women in science.
The event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations and the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT). Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD, CEO/Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the first Royal Princess qualified in science and medicine, has been a driving force behind the adoption of this resolution and continues to advocate for gender equality in science. In her words “when women in science come together, we will write the future’s history – TODAY’.
“Inspiring efforts have been undertaken to aptly engage women in STEM fields globally. But we still need to push beyond simple gender parity by promoting active engagement od women in all aspects of the STEM enterprise” said Dr. Misra. This is a very important discussion that I am looking forward to at the upcoming event”.
11th February is celebrated as an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. It is founded on United Nations (UN) General Assembly decree “Full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and follow us @AWISNational on Twitter and Facebook.
About AWIS New Jersey
Established in 1995, the New Jersey chapter, AWIS-NJ empowers and promotes women scientists through programs that facilitate career development, education, networking, leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities. Community outreach & engagement efforts include The Entrepreneurship Challenge, The MedHealth Challenge, High School STEM Scholarships and the Mentoring Awards.