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Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform Solidarity Statement

The Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform opposes and stands up against all forms of human rights violations. Our deepest concern and condolences go out to the families, friends, and communities of all those victimised by racism and human rights violations.

As an organisation, the Girls in Science 4 SDGs International Platform stands for the empowerment of women and girls in science across all racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and other community groups. Our Platform is a program of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), which, 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, we recognise the importance of making internal efforts to further fight racism and ensure inclusion. We also recognize the centuries-old systemic issues that continue to create inequalities today, which impact all the other Sustainable Development Goals. We acknowledge the change that needs to happen on the local, regional, national, and international levels in order to fight discrimination and to build inclusive societies. We cannot stay silent with regards to these important issues. This is why, as Girls in Science Advocates for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are very concerned and proactive in our mission supporting young leaders to ensure we achieve SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. 

We are committed to continuing to support girls of all backgrounds in the sciences, and to devoting more time to working with our colleagues to support them in overcoming both overt and subtle discriminatory barriers. We will also start a series of discussions to raise awareness of racial discrimination and injustice in the youth community, and to encourage youth to think about how they can become part of creating positive change. 

Though many of us will never understand what it means to be victims of systemic racism, human rights abuses, or inequality, we encourage everyone to join us in fighting for justice, inclusivity, and for peaceful societies.

Author

Salma Alrowaie