The International Day of Girls and Women in Science is celebrated on February 11 worldwide. On December 22, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing an international day dedicated to recognizing the important role of girls and women in the fields of science and technology. The UN General Assembly decided to proclaim February 11 as the International Day of Girls and Women in Science, to support the efforts of the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the UN Department for Gender Equality and the Emancipation of Women (UN-Women), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other organizations to encourage and support access and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels.
The International Day of Girls and Women in Science was marked for the first time on February 11, 2016, at the UN headquarters in New York. Among the objectives of marking the International Day of Girls and Women with activities in the field of science are:
- stopping all forms of discrimination against girls and women in the field of science and beyond;
- all girls benefit from a free, fair and qualitative primary and secondary scientific education;
- also, to ensure the equal access of all women to an accessible and quality technical-scientific, professional and tertiary education, including that at the university level;
- substantially increasing the number of women of all ages who have relevant skills, including technical and professional skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
In Romania, Planta Romanica Association, in partnership with the Titu Maiorescu University, celebrated the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”.
- The initiative of this conference belongs to Ph. D. Anca Daniela Raiciu to pay a tribute to ancient Romanian women in science, along with contemporary names. The topics of the debate covered several fields of activity.
- Supporting women in the area of cyber security, represented by Mrs. Maria Manuela Catrina, undersecretary of state, deputy director of the National Directorate of Cyber Security, member of Cybersecurity European Forum;
- „Women and the achievements of Computer science” – Diana Mărculescu, University of Texas at Austin, Department Chair at Cockrell Family Chair for Engineering Leadership and Professor at Motorola Regents Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering;
- The role of women in the Social Assistance system, through the voice of Mrs. Cerasela Măciucă, president of the “Nicolae Cajal Academy” Association;
- Dr. Diana Loreta Păun, Presidential Advisor, Department of Public Health, paid a tribute to all women who, despite the obstacles and all the challenges, created huge knowledge and good practices in science and research;
- The pharmacy – an area specially dedicated to attendance women’s, Univ. Conf. Dr. Roxana Sandulovici, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy
The event was possible with the support of Ph.D. Smaranda Angheni, vice-president of the UTM Board of Directors, Ph.D. Anca Daniela Raiciu, „Planta Romanica” Association