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The Girls in Science for Sustainable Development Platform has an established record: empowering girls in science to be their best, not only for themselves, but for the betterment of humanity.

February 11, 2016: what is now the collective voice of Girls in Science began with the vision of one girl, Regecca Jekogian, who dared to wonder how it might be if girls in science joined forces to amplify the voice of all girls, and established the 1st International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

June 6, 2016: Talya Ozdemir carried this forward: presenting the Children’s Vision at the Inaugural Agora, held during the 1st United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, 6th June 2016, advocating robustly for renewable energy for “peaceful and better lives”.

December 10, 2017: at the 2nd Girls in Science Day, Talya became the youngest person ever to address the United Nations General Assembly, speaking at the panel titled ‘Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of the Media”, for which she received a standing ovation. 

February 11, 2018: the Third Commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science saw the launch of our first Girls in Science Panel. Our panels are unique, convened, organized, chaired, and moderated by girls in science from around the world. Dozens shared solutions at this inaugural event, co-creating policy to open up science to all for the advancement of sustainable development, and these were presented in our first Outcome Document at the closing ceremony, which was approved by acclamation. 

December 6, 2018: we launched our Girls in Science for Sustainable Development Platform at the United Nations Headquarters, to advance equity in the sciences for sustainable development. Managed by girls in science advocates from 5 continents, our platform demystifies the various branches of science, and provides a space for youth to develop their understanding of the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals, and present their vision for utilising science to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Forging meaningful connections across cultures to form lasting friendships and collaborations for the betterment of society, we engage with new perspectives about our changing world, novel inventions, discoveries, and their applications. 

September 16, 2019: we launched the ILHAM Transforming Our World Competition: a renewable energy design competition for student scientists, whose vision is cognitively in coherence with supporting actions, to generate a mosaic of innovative and scalable solutions for Sustainable Development Goal 7, and its related goals.

February 11, 2020: the 5th International Day of Women and Girls in Science saw us launch the first of our #February11 book series, in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action, which features research chapters authored by several of our girls in science, along with those by prominent women in science. It also saw the establishment of our Virtual Panel of Workshops and Webinar Series, seeking to prepare our future leaders with essential life skills to effect positive change at the local and international scale. 

April 1, 2020: with our membership growing into a vast and vibrant network, and seeking to unify people during the Covid-19 pandemic, we established the ambitious 1 Billion Voices Campaign, seeking to engage the world to come together and support scientific and medical innovation to protect our health, societies, and economies. Many of our members also engaged with Covid-19 challenges within their communities, creating solutions, including cybersecurity protections, machine learning, haptic robotic nurses, wearables, and interactive statistic presentation. April also saw the establishment of the Spanish sections of our platform, seeking to further connect our communities, and the Appreciation Project, dedicated to key workers in the wake of the pandemic. 

What next? Having attained visibility and some greater respect for girls in science in the media, we now seek action on equity. As we continue to bring vision to action, learning and sharing together, leading, collaborating, and peer-mentoring, our dynamic community of Girls in Science for the Sustainable Development Goals remain committed to using science for good, striving not just for ourselves but to contribute towards a better society, in which we achieve social and environmental justice, and equitable futures with our male peers. Led by the skills and passions of girls in science, our Platform recognises the changing needs of girls in science, and we remain committed to listening to each other’s testimony, such that we can engage with and retain girls in science at all levels, deliver new and inspiring initiatives and opportunities, and proactively evolve our movement, always tapping the pressure points for effective change.

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We would like to express our gratitude to HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director of The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), and Ms. Nora Mehdi at RASIT, for their tireless support to make this Platform and our further initiatives a reality. We would also like to thank The Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations, who kindly co-sponsored the official launch of our Girls in Science for Sustainable Development Platform, and Mr Selçuk Basak for mentoring us to further develop this professionally.