The Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The United Nations Headquarters, New York • February 11-12, 2019

The Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly focused firmly on “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”. Here are some video clips from the sessions. Full videos can be viewed at https://equalitymoonshot.metameetings.net/events/idwgis2019/.

Ms. Anya Daneez Khan (USA) “Girls belong and succeed in science and technology.”
Mr. D.J. Martin, Founding Member, Astia Angels "The more diverse team, the better the financial performance."
H.E. Ms. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations "To live on a healthy planet, we simply must provide women and girls with scientific skills."
Mr. Idar Kreutzer, CEO, Finance Norway "Change does not just happen."
Mr. Jeff Kavanaugh, VP Executive Editor, Infosys Knowledge Institute "The more that women are included with full participation, the more likely the country is stable."
Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Club of Rome member, Founder & President AQAL Capital "I believe that the world's biggest challenge is also the world's biggest opportunity."
Mr. Patombutre Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.org "We doubled and tripled the number of women in the [technology] courses. The fact is, women and girls can do this stuff and do it very, very well."
Ms. Gulbakhor Makhkamova, Founder & Board Chair, National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan "Underrepresentation of women in business is a missed opportunity."
Ms. Lan Phan SVP, Industry Leadership, Association of National Advertisers #SeeHer "When we come together, we can move mountains."
Mr. Neil Cohn, Head of Impact Investing at Vesta "Impactful ventures are more successful if I'm investing in a women-run business."
Ms. Shelly Porges, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fun for Women "Gender diverse teams and women-only teams have better returns."
Mr. Jeff Kavanaugh, VP Executive Editor, Infosys Knowledge Institute “One of the things I try to do a lot is get out and talk to people and give them a reality of what’s possible….By doing that, we’re attracting a lot more women to our entry level roles. For example, I’m creating a new unit in our company and I’m making a point that probably three-fourths people are hiring are women.”
Porges, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fun for Women “It’s also important when you’re as ambitious as I was, and still am in many ways…to recognize that…Hey, what I’m doing is really hard, if it hadn’t been hard it would already have been done. …The sooner we embrace that, the sooner you give yourself space to take risks, the faster you’ll succeed.”
Ms. Gulbakhor Makhkamova, Founder & Board Chair, National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan “The easiest and fastest way to achieve economic progress is to engage as many women as possible in business and have them embrace technology. Underrepresentation of women in business is missed opportunity from both social and economic standpoint.”
Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, ITU Representative to the United Nations “It’s so important for us all — women, men, girls and boys — to see role models of how women and girls are making this happen, and the incredible scientific and technical developments that they’re working on.”
Ms. Tess Mateo, Managing Director, CXCatalysts "Wealth creation is now going to be in education."
Ms. Christabell Makokha, AgriFin Global Strategy Lead at Mercy Corps "When people are still in school, especially in the developing world, the lack of role models is quite a big piece. You become who you see...Seeing someone do those things actually enables them to be inspired to do more in STEM."
Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UNCTAD New York Office of the SG "Women want to go in those sectors if they know they can have an impact."
Ms. Analisa Balares, CEO & Chief Innovation Officer, Womensphere; NASA Datanaut "So for our collective vision for 2050, it's around getting 9 billion people achieving the 17 SDGs within the limits of the planet...with the world's resources owned and controlled by a balanced diverse representative set of people. And our Equality Moonshot is around capital and wealth in order to fund innovation, and it's for women to capture at least 30% of the investments and wealth created from the estimated 25 trillion dollars that will be spent in the next two decades to achieve the SDGs."
Ms. Tereza Nemassanyi, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Microsoft "We lose so much by not having the kind of leadership and perspective that women bring."
Ms. Stephanie Okeyo, Founder of Under The Microscope: The Science Communication Project, Kenya "Through simple initiatives and projects, we can create avenues for women to be seen, heard and inspire."
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