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13th of February 2024
A young girl who wants to become an astrophysicist.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The United Nations General Assembly decided in 2015 to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and UN-Women, in collaboration with institutions and partners. The Day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and the support of young girls, their education and their full ability to make their ideas heard are levers for development and peace. This year's celebration focuses on Closing the Gender Gap in Science: Accelerating Action. CSIRO polled readers of its children's science magazine, Double Helix to hear about their career aspirations. Jessica, pictured above, replied "When I grow up, I would like to be a person who looks up to the stars and studies space. Scientists predict when meteorite showers, solar and lunar eclipses, and so much more will happen. I could find a way for astronauts to go further than anyone has before. If you haven’t guessed it, I would be an astrophysicist."

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