Join us for an online event: A woman’s eye on Immunology
A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years and at all levels in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) worldwide. Although women have made significant progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these areas. Women’s economic empowerment is key in realizing women, girls’ rights, and gender equality, which has long been a central issue for United Nations. Therefore, both gender equality and women’s economic empowerment play a crucial role in contributing to the world’s economic development, as well as to making progress towards the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Indeed, on March 14, 2011, the Commission on the Status of Women adopted a report on the access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work. Shortly afterwards, on December 20, 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on Science, technology and innovation for development which recognized that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for their empowerment and to achieve gender equality.
The Embassy of Italy in Washington will mark this day by promoting equal access for women to science, raising awareness on the topic and looking at equal study and career opportunities in the field of science. By focusing on the successes of female researchers in the field of immunology, specifically COVID-19 and infectious diseases, the webinar aims to enhance Italian excellence in research, and promote bilateral collaboration between Italy and United States.