International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Today, on 11 February, a key global date is celebrated for the scientific community: International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Since 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed this day with the objective of achieving equal and full access and participation in science for women and girls, in addition to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Throughout history, women have encountered a multitude of open fronts and limitations and the scientific field has not been an exception. Gender equality has its key role in the agenda set by the Sustainable Development Goals, but still less than 30% of scientific researchers in the world are women. Therefore, we must work together, women and men, in order to strengthen the role of women and girls in the science and technology communities.
At Vytrus Biotech, we are committed to female talent and therefore, more than 50% of our scientific staff is made up of women in different roles such as R&D manager, laboratory technician, quality manager, active development department coordinator and product development manager. This data indicates that we are on the right path as a firm regards to the objective set by the United Nations and it encourages us to improve as we still need to promote even more the role of women scientists in our own home.
In addition to the key role played in the innovation, development and growth of Vytrus Biotech, part of our scientific women also collaborate with local feminist associations to disseminate women’s work in science and break gender stereotypes in this area, spreading this message through conferences and training sessions both in schools and family associations.