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President Pahor addresses the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly

Ljubljana, 11. 2. 2022 | press release

Today, 11 February 2022, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, addressed the 7th United Nations Assembly dedicated to the commemoration of the Day. The theme of the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly, which is taking place in virtual format, is "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us".

In his address, President Pahor welcomed the decision to dedicate this year's Assembly to environmental issues. In this regard, he stressed the importance of science and building trust in science and also the need to harness the full potential of society in this area.

President Pahor addresses the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly
Photo: UPRS

Address of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor:

I welcome the focus of this year’s event on climate change and water.

If we want to successfully address challenges we face, we need to build up trust in science. Science will serve us better if we use all the potentials we have.

Unfortunately, we are further from gender equality in this domain than before. More efforts are needed, globally, and locally to counter these trends.

Slovenian Government has partnered in a project “I will be an engineer!” I am the proud patron of this project that encourages and celebrates women engineers with the Female Engineer of the Year Award.

During the recent Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Ljubljana Declaration on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation was endorsed.

Slovenia has also become one of the champions of the UNESCO initiative: "Accelerating gender equality in the water domain: call for action".

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ensuring gender equality in science is an ethical imperative.

At the same time, it is also a practical necessity.

In order to successfully address the challenges of our times, we need all the available talent, and we need it now.