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Geneva, Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): Feb 21 was declared to be the International Mother Language Day by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999, media reports said.
International Mother Language Day. Image credit: Twitter
The declaration came up in tribute to the political movement known as Language Movement done by the Bangladeshis(then the East Pakistanis) to advocate the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of the then-Dominion of Pakistan in order to allow its use in government offices.
It has been observed throughout the world since 21 Feb 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The 2020 International Mother Language Day edition will contribute to promoting peaceful dialogue and social inclusion. The 2020 theme is "Languages without borders".
On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world" and proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages and named the UNESCO to serve as the lead agency for the Year.
Languages are an important means of identity, communication, social integration, education and development.
Yet due to globalization, these are at present greatly threatened or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, cultural diversity, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression are also lost.
Reportedly about 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
We should strive to promote the dissemination of mother tongues not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to be aware of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world.
Toddlers in Bangladesh are introduced to the alphabet.
Image credit: © UNICEF/BANA2014-00573/Mawa
A language disappears every two weeks and takes with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
The existence of multilingual and multicultural societies transmit and preserve, through their languages, traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.
Besides increasing awareness of language issues, this initiative also served to mobilize partners and resources in implementation of policies in favor of language diversity and multilingualism in all parts of the world.
The International Year of Languages makes us realize that language is fundamental to communication of all kinds and leads to change and development. Besides languages promote intercultural dialogue, strengthens co-operation in attaining quality education for all. Languages preserve cultural heritage, mobilizes political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development.
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New York, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, UN News release of Feb 11 reported.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Image credit: Facebook
At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).
Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
"To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres
With Sustainable Development Goal 9, part of the Global Goals that world leaders agreed to in 2015 with a deadline of 2030, countries around the world have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let's change this narrative. Join us in celebrating women and girls, who are leading innovation and call for actions to remove all barriers that hold them back.
Join the conversation with #WomenInScience !
Women from across the Government of Canada working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields were brought together today in a symposium to recognize their contributions to science and technology. The event was hosted by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and to launch the NRC’s Women in STEM Infinite Possibilities campaign.
Included in this symposium was a keynote address by Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada, who highlighted hurdles still faced by women in STEM, and the need to encourage and advance women in STEM communities.
The organization’s commitment to an inclusive workplace was affirmed by the NRC’s President, Iain Stewart, by signing the Dimensions charter – a pilot program designed to address the barriers underrepresented or marginalized groups face.
The charter was also signed by other government departments and agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
A scientific poster session followed the event in which different research projects led by or involving women from across the Government of Canada were highlighted.