As part of its continued commitment to advocacy on global issues related to science and society, ASTC issued a statement on behalf of science centers and museums to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in preparation for its 55th session. In this session, which is being held in New York City from February 22 to March 4, the Commission is considering as its priority theme “access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science, and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.”
The declaration outlines science centers and museums’ commitment to and strength in providing equitable and accessible spaces for science learning, as well as the importance of informal science education environments as partners in the overall science learning landscape. ASTC submitted the declaration with the intent that governments will include its considerations in their policies and resource decisions. The full text of the declaration is available here (PDF).
About the image: A participant in Columbus State Community College’s English as a Second Language Afterschool Program at Providence Glen enjoys a field trip to COSI, Columbus, Ohio. Photo courtesy CSCC