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International and Official

Here is a sample of some international and official initiatives which are being taken to address the problem of retention of women in mathematics in science and mathematics in particular.



International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11.

Since its establishment by the UN General Assembly on 22 December 2015, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, taking place on February 11, aims at raising awareness on the issue celebrating women’s excellence in science and reminding the international community that science and gender equality have to advance hand-in-hand to address major global challenges and achieve all the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

Initiatives for February 11 reported by CWM ambassadors: in 2021in 2022.

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

An international forum which unites eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. It provides research training and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.

PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries: 2018 call for applications is open. The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

UNESCO data on Women in Science.

Explore the data for countries around the world.

UNESCO report.

A Complex Formula: Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Asia

What factors might be causing the low participation of women Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields? What can be done to attract more girls and women into STEM in Asia and beyond? An e-publication of UNESCO Bankok office.

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs program.

Promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities. It supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence –  education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.


Science Australia Gender Equity: SAGE

This is an Australian pilot of the Uk’s Athena SWAN program. It covers STEMM fields, and almost all Australian universities have signed up for the first two pilot cohorts. 


Gender differences in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science 

(STEM) programs at Darcy Hango, Statistics Canada 2015


Where Are the Women Professors in Canada’s Math and Science Departments? 

M. Kuzmin, A. Motskin, Z. Gallinger, The 10 and 3, Jan. 29, 2015


Women faculty, now and in the future: Building excellence at McMaster University.

Charlotte Yates, Equity Task Force, January 2014


Women in Science and Engineering in Canada.

Corporate Planning and Policy Directorate Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Oaawa, Ontario, Canada, November 2010



Institutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality in Research. A  project financed by the European Commission within the Science program. The partners are CNRSSilauliai UniversityGESIS and Trinity College.



`Your gateway to gender and science resources’


Gender Summits 

This is an initiative of the European Union. The annual Gender Summits are dedicated to supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels, through the inclusion of gender.


Science: It’s a girl thing 

An initiative of the European Commission.  Offers encourgament and information for girls to take up careers in science.


Mission pour la place des femmes au CNRS 

(Mission on the place of women in the CNRS)



This German initiative lists profiles of female scientists as a tool to aid recruitment, finding experts, conference speakers, science writing or similar purposes. Site in German and English.


The Athena Swan Charter for Women in Science

This is an official British organization devoted to advancing women’s academic careers in Science, Maths and Engineering. The charter recognizes commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. Any (British) higher education institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership.



A British organisation whose mission is to increase the gender balance in the UK’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workforce, pushing the presence of female employees from 13% as it stands in 2014, to 30% by 2020.

There are also WISE initiatives on many US campuses, see here.


NASA aspire 2 inspire

NASA video on women in mathematics. The video  is part of this broader page.