Running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo will spotlight women who have smashed gender stereotypes and highlight their work.

Expo 2020 Dubai has teamed up with the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology; the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), to promote gender equality in science, marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Harnessing the UAE’s innovative, progressive spirit just days after its Hope Probe reached the Mars orbit – a historical achievement made possible by a woman-led team – the link-up exemplifies the UAE’s commitment to equality and Expo’s commitment to promoting female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring the world together to highlight the importance of women and girls in science, celebrating leading women in the field, forging new partnerships, and boosting opportunities for women’s participation via a rich and diverse programme.

Commenting on the initiative, the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, said: “To address the complex challenges of today, the world needs science, and science needs women and girls. By teaming up with these distinguished organisations, International Day of Women and Girls in Science will see Expo activate its programming to foster a deeper understanding of how women and girls can further be at the forefront of scientific and economic development.”

In addition to the celebration of the day itself, held annually on 11 February, Expo will host Space Week from 17-23 October 2021. In association with the UAE Space Agency, the week will gather several female voices to look at the role of women in the sustainable exploration and commercialisation of space, and how space reflects the ambition of the UAE as a nation.

The Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, said: “Today, on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I stand with the UAE in its continued commitment to the inclusion and participation of women in all areas of society. From our homes, to our communities and workplaces, women’s daily extraordinary contributions are crucial and cannot be overlooked.”

Running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo will spotlight women who have smashed gender stereotypes, looking at their work and the impact it has had on their communities, our region and the world.

It will welcome scores of highly skilled women from across the planet, whose innovations and commitment to science and technology are not only solving some our greatest challenges, but also breaking down barriers and inspiring entry into these fields.

Other Expo initiatives include the Expo School Programme, whose Young Innovators Programme invites UAE students, girls and boys, to unleash their imagination and create an innovation that could change the world; while Expo’s Women’s Pavilion will promote the vital role women play across all sectors, focusing on the importance of gender parity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, a cause at the very heart of Expo 2020.

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 will welcome more than 200 participants, including countries, businesses, multilateral organisations, and educational establishments.

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