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International Women’s Day Celebrations – March 8, 2022

This year's celebration of International Women's Day honors women's accomplishments under the theme "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow". Learn how some ISC members and partners are celebrating the Day.

On Tuesday, March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The Day marks an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality around the world.

As such, individuals, groups, and organizations come together on this day to propel women’s empowerment while also reflecting critically on past accomplishments to strive for an increasingly gender-equitable world.

Every year, members and partners of the ISC chose to take part in these celebrations. These are some of the ways in which the ISC, as well as our members and partners, are honoring women’s achievements for March 8, 2022:

Webinar: Social Norms as a Barrier to Women’s Employment

Facilitated by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

March 8, 15:00 – 16:30 UTC

Social norms influence many dimensions of women’s lives. In some instances, these informal rules about what is considered to be acceptable or not within a community can adversely affect women’s choices and outcomes, with further implications for their empowerment and agency. Despite the acknowledged presence of its negative implications, social norm violations can provoke community-wide disapproval and reprisals – a force that continues to sustain these practices. In this panel, we discuss a plethora of potentially adverse implications of social, and patriarchal, norms on women’s economic and sexual and reproductive health outcomes in developing countries.

CSW66 Forum poster featuring women working in various fields.
Poster for CSW66 Panel Discussion

UN Women Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Forum – “Gender Equality at the Center of Solutions”

March 14 – 25

Celebrate the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) by attending hundreds of events over a two-week period.

Events will discuss the theme “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”.


Parallel Event – Panel Discussion: “Women Leading on Equitable and Inclusive Solutions to address the Climate Emergency”

March 14 – 20:00 – 21:30 CET

The International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU CRIS) together represent women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across 100 nations.

Join the panelists to share insights into the current status of the contribution of women scientists and engineers to the global debate of Climate Emergency and present strategies for increasing the contribution of women in this domain, especially as leaders. Gender equality is essential for business growth, for innovation, for the knowledge economy, and for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The presentations in this CSW66 Parallel Event will cover the diversity imperative, the need for equitable and inclusive solutions to address the Climate Emergency. These will be followed by a moderated discussion session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions, their experiences, and their ideas to share.

ISC – SCGES – GenderInSite

Webinar Series – “Women in Global Science Organizations”

March 24 – 15:00 – 17:00 CET

In this webinar, the results of the collaborative study “Gender Equality in Science: Inclusion and Participation of Women in Global Science Organizations” conducted by GenderInSITE, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC) are presented.

Global surveys of science academies that are Members of the IAP and the ISC, as well as international disciplinary unions and associations that are Members of the ISC, show that women remain underrepresented in global science.

Global Young Academy (GYA)

Autobiographical Blog Series #ThisLittleGirlIsMe

February 11 March 8

In celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb 11) and the UN International Women’s Day, the Global Young Academy releases a series of autobiographical blog posts that detail the young lives of current women scientists around the globe.

“Women are underrepresented in science, which is why the Women in Science working group of the Global Young Academy decided to share their stories with a series of blogs titled #ThisLittleGirlsIsMe. Through our stories, we hope to inspire girls who are passionate about science and are looking for role models. The GYA is proud that half of its 200 members are female scientists. This is a symbol of inclusion, diversity, and equity which are essential for a sustainable world. We hope that the stories of so many GYA female members with different nationalities, cultures, religions, and races encourage girls all around the world to believe in themselves and choose the path of science if they dream to become a scientist.”, note the organizers of the series.

GYA encourages all women scientists to use the hashtag, #ThisLittleGirlIsMe on Twitter to tell their stories about their first memories experiencing a fascination for science.

GYA – Women in Science Working Group

Women in Science – Illustration Competition

Deadline: March 31

The GYA Women in Science Working Group is holding an illustration competition to find three illustrations/drawings to be included in their forthcoming book “Challenges faced by women scientists“.

The illustrations should represent challenges faced by women researchers throughout the various stages of their scientific career, with a focus on successfully overcoming these challenges.

Three winners will be selected by the Working Group; all winners will receive a book voucher of 100 Euros, and will have their illustration included in the book. 

headshots of women WCRP researchers

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

Message from WCRP Researchers – Uploaded to Youtube


On this International Women’s Day, WCRP has spoken to some of their researchers from around the world to find out their views on ways that our institutions and programs like WCRP can help make a difference for women aspiring to have a productive and fulfilling career in climate science, and engage with programmes like WCRP. Listen to what they have to say:

ISC & BBC Storyworks

Multimedia Stories


Unlocking Science is a series designed to spotlight how “with remarkable dedication and vision, scientists around the world are laying foundations to tackle major issues like climate change while creating inclusive, flourishing societies.”

A number of stories from the Unlocking Science hub feature women in science who are doing just that:

👉 Battling bias in AI: A team weeds out discrimination for an inclusive AI world.

👉 The female future of science in Africa: Join Africa’s female scientists as they challenge traditional norms.

👉 How one young woman’s big tech dreams became a reality: How an all-female STEAM camp changed this young woman’s life forever

👉 The scientists saving Malawi’s crops: One woman helping to shape the future of farming

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Gender Equality in Science

An IAP, GenderInSITE, and ISC report on two global surveys on inclusion and participation of women in global science organizations.

Our Gender Equality in Science project

The project aims to increase gender equality in global science, through improved sharing and use of evidence for gender policies and programmes in scientific institutions and organizations at national, regional and international levels.

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