As an organization, our Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform stands for the empowerment of girls in science across all racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and other community groups. Our sponsor, the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), since its founding in 1968, has sought to fight racism in all its forms, and serve all humanity, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, colour, or beliefs. H.R.H. Prince Mohammed El-Hashemite founded RASIT with words enshrined in its constitution: “whenever and wherever there is a human in need RASIT responds”.
As Girls in Science carrying forward our generation’s part in achieving this effort, vision for diversity and inclusion in science, and as advocates for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we recognize the importance of making internal efforts to fight racism, ensure inclusion, and achieve SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.
We would like to open up the discussion on important issues relating to SDG 16, and invite you to share your thoughts and ideas for the following questions:
- How is science complicit in racial discrimination and discrimination in general, and how can we mitigate this?
- How is SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions linked to SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 13 Climate Action, and SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being?
- What actions can we take at all levels (from the individual to the collective) to build peaceful, strong, and inclusive societies?
The first steps towards support and understanding are engagement, discussion, and education, and we hope you’ll join us in this effort.