Space For Women project presented at UNOOSA International Day of Women and Girls in Science event

11 February 2019

Space For Women project presented at UNOOSA International Day of Women and Girls in Science event

Members of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), to which UNOOSA is Secretariat, and members of the international space community, will gather in Vienna from 11 to 22 February 2019 for the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of COPUOS. Participants discussed scientific evolutions in the space sector and their potential to address new and emerging sustainable development challenges.

On the margins of the 56th STSC, the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) presented its Space For Women project at a special event to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February. 

The Space For Women project will create a web portal where women in the space sector, and in the STEM sectors more widely, can network and mentor each other. Recent research has shown that networking and mentoring opportunities can make a valuable difference in the careers of women in STEM fields.  

The Space For Women platform will also be the central hub for global initiatives and for research on various aspects of women’s involvement in STEM and the space sector, under the UN roof. The project was presented by UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo. 

Nicole Shampaine, deputy chief of U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, discussed Technical Scientific Networks, mentoring programs to the movie Hidden Figures and the most successful female astronaut, Peggy Whitson. 

Pontsho Maruping, STSC of COPUOS chairperson, stressed the importance of role models, champions, mentoring, networking, and the needs for qualified research and adequate employment possibilities. 

Dan Brenner, United Nations International School (UNIS) executive director, closed the event by summarizing and quoting Shimrit Maman, Director, Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF): "Space research does not change science, but transform society."

Click here for more information about UNOOSA's Space for Women project.