The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with cosmetics giant L’Oréal, has launched a manifesto to increase the number of women working in science.
Christin Wiedemann from the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology applauds the initiative.
“And it’s especially inspiring and exciting for us when such initiatives are built on partnerships with large organizations and companies, and it becomes a good example for others to follow.”
She says there are many reasons why women are vastly underrepresented in the discipline.
“Women don’t always feel like they have the support or encouragement to continue their careers. It can be a lack of mentors or role models, it can be that it’s harder to get the positions they apply for.”
The manifesto sets out six objectives including increasing mentorship for girls, and recognizing women’s accomplishments.