8 March 2021: International Women’s Day

A global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also making a call to action for strengthening gender equality and accelerating women’s empowerment.

The theme for 2021 is Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. It celebrates the remarkable efforts by women and girls around the globe to shape a more equitable future and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICGEB is participating in an event organised by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in association with the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) and ICGEB New Delhi.Dr. Dinakar Salunke, Director, ICGEB New Delhi, Dr. Subhra Chakraborty, Director, NIPGR, Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT, Govt. of India, Dr. Lawrence Banks, Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India and Dr. Sheh Lata Singla-Pareek, Group Leader, Plant Stress Biology, ICGEB New Delhi and Fellow of the India National Science Academy will all participate in the inaugural ceremony.

Sessions focus on the Role of Women in Societal Transformation in the Post-COVID Era, with an intervention by Dr. Luiz Zerbini, Acting Director, ICGEB Cape Town, and Women Scientists in COVID-19 Vaccine Development, with Dr. Gagandeep Kang, Christian Medical College, India and former member of the ICGEB Council of Scientific Advisers.

During the event, Dr. Renu Swarup, will announce developments regarding the DBT BioCARe Fellowships fostering the participation of women scientists in independent R&D projects towards career development after a career break. To support their common objectives, DBT partners with the ICGEB, to support women scientists from other developing countries by opening research grants for them to work in India. ICGEB’s adoption of the BioCARe scheme will address the barriers that women scientists face, encouraging and providing opportunities to recognise research excellence, build capacity, and inspire a new generation of women scientists in India and the rest of the world.